Canadians more stressed out than most: poll

A new poll finds 76 per cent of Canadians feel regular stress, making Canada one of the most anxious nations in the world.

Canada is one stressed-out nation, a new Ipsos poll suggests.

Seventy-six per cent of Canadians experience stress in their daily lives either frequently or fairly often, the poll says.

The only countries more on edge are South Korea and Australia. Mexico and Spain, meanwhile, are among the most relaxed.

Ipsos, a North American research company, interviewed 1,000 people in 10 countries in November to come up with its findings.

The poll found that the stress levels in many nations are high, almost as high as Canada's. Here's how the countries fared:

  • South Korea (81 per cent of population feels regular stress).
  • Australia (77 per cent).
  • Canada (76 per cent).
  • France (76 per cent).
  • United Kingdom (76 per cent).
  • United States (75 per cent).
  • Germany (75 per cent).
  • Italy (73 per cent).
  • Spain (61 per cent).
  • Mexico (45 per cent).

Most Canadians (32 per cent) say their job is the biggest source of stress in their lives.

Twenty-eight per cent of Canadians said they were most stressed out about finances, while 19 per cent fretted about health and 13 per cent worried about their family life.

By comparison, Americans are far more stressed out about money than work.

Thirty-four per cent said finances are the largest source of stress in their lives, while 26 pointed to their jobs.

People in the United Kingdom and Mexico also felt more anxious about money than work.

Ipsos conducted the poll for the Associated Press. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minusthree percentage points.