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    Default Stressed Out Americans Making Themelves Sick Over Politics

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    September 26 2019

    Never-ending campaigns, social media, 24-hour news cycles. Politics are impossible to escape, even for the casual observer.
    But are policy fights and polarization more than a headache in the collective consciousness? New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests yes -- that we're making ourselves sick over politics.


    Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0926073348.htm

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    From a health perspective, it's really disappointing to learn the extent to which some people have been adversely impacted by the political environment. That 4% of the respondents had contemplated suicide--which translates to 10 million people nationwide--is very sad. I couldn't tell if 1 of the 4 categories explored, "regretted behavior", included the feeling of wanting to commit an act of violence?? According to FBI reports, hate crimes have increased 17 percent over the last 3 years. It may not be too much of a stretch to link some of these crimes to the tense political environment.

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    Without going into further detail, I have to agree with Mr. Wizard's last sentence. The U.S. has never been so overtly polarized. Stressing over politics will inevitably affect one's health. I'm on You Gov's list of poll takers so my stress levels may have been included in their surveys!
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    Perhaps a third political party is needed to help unite the country, because of the existing two major, polarizing political parties/ideologies. I can think of at least one, but the boss ladies won't let me go there.

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    There are ample choices of party out there. I can think of at least three. Unlike Europe, where multiple parties are common, no third party in the USA has ever gained enough traction to make a difference in a national election. Their only effect has been to weaken the impact of one or the other of our two-party system.
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    Default Re: Stressed Out Americans Making Themelves Sick Over Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    ...no third party in the USA has ever gained enough traction to make a difference in a national election....
    AH HA, gotcha! That's what they all say, LOL! There is one exception, circa 1860, Abe Lincoln was running on the newly formed third party of it's day, the Republican Party, against the current established parties, and won with 40% of the popular vote.

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    Well well, I just learned a new history factoid!
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    Me too! I knew Abe was Republican, but didn't realize the party was newly formed. He was formerly a member of the Whigs, which existed along side the Northern and Southern Democrat parties. Thanks to grulla, I now have a nice little tidbit to share at my next political social gathering. Lol.

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