The increase in payroll taxes this year has led to financial stress for many Americans, while taking a toll on their waistlines, sleep patterns and friendships, according to a new survey.
The telephone survey, conducted in mid-March by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs, asked 1,011 U.S. adults to name all the ways financial stress is affecting their lives. Of those who rated their financial stress as “very” or “somewhat high,” nearly half (47 percent) said they are sleeping less, while 43 percent said they have less patience with friends or are seeing them less often; and 31 percent are eating more junk food or gaining weight.
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