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Voters answer the question "This election makes me feel..."

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

With three weeks to go until election day, polls show more than half of Americans claim the election is causing them significant stress.

The American Psychological Association says 52 percent of adults say the election is impacting their health and well-being.

It doesn't matter what side of the aisle they're on. Republicans and Democrats are both feeling the pressure. In fact, 59 percent of Republicans cite stress, as do 55 percent of Democrats.

In South Carolina, some are seeking relief at the State Fair. We gave them the opportunity to fill in the blank, "This election makes me feel ____"

RELATED: Voters fill in the blank for the question "This election makes me feel..."

Most responses were negative: Sad, worried, lost and scared.

"It's the worst I've ever seen it, and I think it's going to get worse," voter Jimmy Bonner said.

The experts say the stress boils down to our 24-hour news cycle, the negativity of this year's race and social media. In fact, adults online cite more stress than those who don't use social media -- 54 to 45 percent.

But a few found reasons to be optimistic.

"It is great," voter Lawrence Miller said. "I feel great about this election because of one reason. No matter who we elect, we'll have to support them because they’re our leader."

If you're feeling that stress, experts suggest taking a digital break, turning your focus to local elections, and avoiding discussions about the election if you think they'll escalate into conflict. They also encourage you to vote and take a proactive step can help channel frustration.

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