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How angry are Americans?

70% of all Americans are angry every day . . . and 31% report they’re “really angry” every day. Half of our population is angrier than they’ve ever been!


This IgniteAmerica Certified Statistic is based on the following research:

% of Americans who say they are angrier this year than ever in the past:

42%    Anger, IBM Watson Health Poll, 2018

52%    Elle.com & Survey Monkey

49%    Anger Rage, Esquire/NBC News Survey, Survey Monkey, 2016

48%    Average

% of Americans who say they get angry at least once a day:

77%    Anger, IBM Watson Health Poll, 2018

68%    American Rage, Esquire & Survey Monkey

79%    Pew Research Center, 2017

68%    CNN/SSRS Poll, 2017

67%    Fox News Poll

80%    NBC/WSJ Social Trends Poll, 2019

71%    Average

% of Americans who say they get really angry every day (seething, boiling):

29%    Anger, IBM Watson Health Poll, 2018

31%    American Rage, Esquire & Survey Monkey

24%    Pew Research Center, 2017

31%    CNN/SSRS Poll, 2017

25%    Fox News Poll

43%    NBC/WSJ Social Trends Poll, 2019

31%    Average


Cultural Context:

Our Pledge of Allegiance declares us to be ‘One Nation, Under God,’ but our actions declare that we’re not. In fact, it’s impossible to be a God-honoring/God-united nation with most Americans being in a perpetual state of anger.

Americans are twice as angry as they were 20 years ago. Almost a third of all Americans describe their anger as being seething, furious, and boiling mad. Almost 30% of us have at least one friend or relative who is unable to control their temper and an incredible 33 million Americans have been clinically diagnosed with explosive, uncontrollable anger, with fits of rage, often breaking things and hurting people.

The loss of trust in God has led America into a spirit of fear — that’s a prime motivator for anger. Anxiety and worry are gripping America, and without having God to run to, loss of confidence, disappointments, and discouragements are making America angry. Here’s the solution: Perfect love (for God) casts out all fear. (I John 4:18).

Come unto me, all who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:2

What angers God should anger us. But anger that diminishes others, holds grudges, and seeks revenge is sin! It fills the accuser with pride and poisons everything they think and say and do going forward. It’s the opposite of knowing God has everything under control. This where America is today!


“Anger is usually the misunderstanding of reality.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”
Ambrose Bierce

“Whatever begins in anger ends in shame.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t hold to anger, hurt, or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.”
Leo Buscaglia

“Suffering is part of the human condition and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence.”
Billy Graham


I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you, in God, whose Word I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all the wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
I Corinthians 13:4-5

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12:37

If you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
Matthew 5:22

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16:24

The Joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day . . . He will protect you and shield you from all fear . . . I shall not be afraid.
Psalm 91:5-7

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

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