More than half of Americans are experiencing high or very high levels of stress, according to a new survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
Two in five survey participants cite the cost of health care as their top financial concern, and one in three point to unemployment or reduced income, protecting assets and managing debt.
“The uncertainty and volatility of this past year have strained Americans physically, mentally, emotionally and financially,” CFP Board Chief Executive Kevin Keller said in a statement. “Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country and the recent surge in cases, it is understandable that Americans are most concerned with the cost of their health care.”
The online poll was conducted Nov. 3 among a national sample of 2,005 adult respondents.
The survey found that Americans are more concerned about their personal economic situation than they were before the coronavirus eruption in the U.S. Thirty-four percent of respondents in the new survey said their personal economic situation was worse than four years ago, up from 25% in early March who said this.
Distinct differences between generations about stress levels and top financial concerns emerged in the findings.
Sixty percent of Gen Z and 64% of millennials reported high or very high levels of stress. Their older counterparts also reported stress, but at lower levels than their younger counterparts, with 46% of baby boomers and 28% of older people reporting high levels of worry.
As to their main source of concern, 46% of boomers and 50% of older folks said they were most worried about the cost of health care — likely because of their being especially vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic combined with their reliance on Medicare, CFP Board said.