Maybe that will change if you go vote

By Tim Nelson
Updated November 06, 2018
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It’s Tuesday November, 6th 2018. By this time tomorrow (and depending on your perspective, I guess), this hell world of ours will either be slightly better, or that much more of a hopeless mess. In the meantime, expect plenty of anxious voters to spend tonight on their couches, nibbling and sipping as Chuck Todd flails his arms at a map and Wolf Blitzer talks about civility with a hologram of John McCain or something.

While that sort of election night stress eating feels like a universal experience for the civically engaged, survey data compiled by YouGov shows that party affiliation plays a role in how likely we are to eat our feelings in today’s political climate. Of the 2,485 voting-age respondents, Democrats were 50 percent more likely than republicans to report stress eating in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms. Thinking about “President Cheeto” makes one want to eat real Cheetos, it seems.

Not only that, but the survey also shows that the crushing sense of nihilistic dread that results from a political climate governed by fear, racial hatred, and unrepentant greed has—shockingly—driven those on the left to turn to the bottle more frequently. Democrats have been outdrinking republicans by a two to one margin, presumably because MAGA rallies are an alcohol-free zone.

The joint YouGov/Daily Burn survey isn’t all bad news, though. Some in the #Resistance have used our political moment as inspiration to start some resistance training at the gym. Democrats were 40 percent more likely than Republicans to say that they’ve been upping their exercise regimen recently, across activities like lifting, cardio, and yoga. At the same time, though, a roughly equal amount of republicans (29 percent and 28 percent, respectively) have said today’s political landscape has discouraged them from exercising since the two party system is a joke and nothing matters anyway.

So if you find yourself subconsciously snacking or drinking more as you wait to see if spreader of fake BBQ news Ted Cruz will lose to Beto, you’re not alone. And if things don’t work out the way you want them to, the endorphin rush of a workout tomorrow morning may be just what you need. But in the meantime, GO VOTE.