Poll: Americans worried war is coming

Posted at 6:46 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 11:04:10-05

A new poll finds Americans on both sides of the aisle think the U.S. will be headed to war soon.

The survey, by NBC News and SurveyMonkey, shows a combined 66 percent of those questioned are very or somewhat worried that the U.S. will be in a major war within the next four years.

That pessimistic attitude can likely be blamed, at least partially, on the non-stop political news cycle.

Dr. Stephanie Smith is a licensed psychologist and says nows, politics and social media fatigue are a very real thing which takes its toll.

"Seeing protests, unhappiness and strife within the country is terribly stressful for everybody," she said.

Dr. Smith said you can stay informed and not overwhelm yourself by setting aside a certain amount of time per day to get caught up on the news, the check out and log out when that time is up.