But worry levels have yet to subside to pre-election levels, a new Gallup poll finds
The wild emotional ride on the Trump Train seems to be steadying.
Americans are slightly less worried now than they were during President Trump’s first month in office, a new Gallup poll shows — though the numbers have yet to ease below pre-election levels.
The 33.3% of people feeling frequent worry between Jan. 21 and Feb. 15 subsided to an average of 31.7% over the last five months, according to the survey released Friday. But in the month before Trump’s stunning electoral victory, the worry figure sat at 29.2%.
Though Democrats predictably remain most worried along party lines, they also saw the sharpest dip over the past five months — declining from 39.3% post-inauguration to 35%. Dems and independents, Gallup says, are slowly but surely “moving back toward their emotional status quo.”
The 4.1% worry spike from pre-Nov. 8 to Trump’s first month as POTUS had amounted to the greatest four-month increase since the Great Recession in 2008, per the polling company.
In contrast, the 2008 election of Barack Obama only saw a 0.9% jump in worry during a comparable timeframe.
Gallup’s most recent survey — based on phone interviews conducted Feb. 17 to July 17 with a random sample of almost 75,000 adults — made no mention of politics, Trump or the election. It simply asked respondents, “Did you experience worry a lot of the day yesterday?”
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