A large majority of Clinton supporters say they are stressed out over Donald Trump's election as president, a sign that anxieties from the long and toxic campaign have persisted during the Trump “honeymoon.”
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 65 percent of people who wanted Clinton to win the election say Trump's victory has increased the amount of stress in their lives, including nearly 4 in 10 who say their stress has grown “a great deal” (39 percent). One-third of Clinton backers, 33 percent, say Trump's election hasn't made a difference in their typical stress level.
Tension is far lower among the public overall, with 35 percent saying Trump's election has boosted their stress levels and a larger 52 percent saying it hasn't made any difference. A smaller 12 percent say the outcome has made their daily lives less stressful.
Most Trump supporters — 65 percent — also say the election results made no difference in their stress levels, though fewer than one-third say it has made them feel less stressful (31 percent). Very few Trump supporters (4 percent) say their candidate's victory is causing them increased stress.
The stressed reactions to Trump's victory, though highest among those voting blocs who voted heavily for Clinton, range widely across demographic and political groups.
More liberal Democrats are more likely than any other group to say Trump's election has caused them unease, with 73 percent saying they are more stressed. Trump won 28 percent of Hispanic voters, according to national exit polling; now, 54 percent of Hispanic adults report heightened stress levels. In the new poll, a smaller 38 percent of African Americans and 29 percent of whites say Trump's election has caused them greater stress.
Stress levels vary by religious group, with 51 percent of people who have no religious affiliation saying Trump's election has boosted their stress levels. That falls to 39 percent among Catholics and 25 percent among Protestants.
Education and gender are also sharp dividing lines, as they were during the election, with half of white college-educated women reporting increased levels of stress. That's markedly more than the 35 percent of white college-educated men and 28 percent of white women without college degrees who report more stress. Just 16 percent of white men without college degrees say the same.
The most comfortable Americans — those saying their stress has decreased since Trump's election — are conservative Republicans and Trump supporters. Although large majorities of both groups say Trump's victory had no impact on their usual stress levels, just about a third of conservative Republicans (33 percent) and Trump backers (31 percent) say the election results reduced their stress.
Although it is unclear how long intense post-election stress will linger, Trump's 5 percent favorable rating among Clinton supporters suggests they aren't likely to get too comfortable anytime soon.
The Washington Post-ABC News Poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 12-15, 2017, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, including landline and cellphone respondents. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.