More than 80 per cent of US adults report emotions associated with prolonged stress, according to a new poll. As the U.S. confronts a bitter election season, political unrest and violence, a shaky economy, and a soaring death toll due to COVID-19, 84 per cent of U.S. adults said the country has serious social issues that need to be addressed, according to the new poll. At the same time, 9 in 10 adults said they hope that the country moves toward unity, according to Stress in AmericaTM: January 2021 Stress Snapshot, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association. The survey found that the average reported stress level during the prior month was 5.6, (on a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 means “little to no stress” and 10 means “a great deal of stress”). This is higher than stress levels reported in 2020 Stress in AmericaTM surveys since April. The most common were feelings of anxiety (47 per cent), sadness (44 per cent), and anger (39 per cent). Additionally, 2 in 3 adults (67 per cent) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them. The majority of adults reported the future of our nation (81 per cent), the coronavirus pandemic (80 per cent), and political unrest around the country (74 per cent) as significant sources of stress in their lives.