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WASHINGTON, Jun 26, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new survey indicates Americans are more stressed than ever and women are more likely than men to admit being under pressure.

The poll, commissioned by the National Consumers League, cited work (39 percent), family (30 percent), health (10 percent) and the economy (9 percent) among the sources of stress.

The telephone survey of 1,074 adults, released Thursday, reveals women are significantly more likely to report problems and stress than are men (84 percent vs. 76 percent), and people under the age of 65 are more likely to report being stressed than older generations (82 percent vs. 70 percent).

"Whether it's the economy, worries about personal health, or fears about international conflict, the bottom line is that the vast majority of consumers are stressed," said Linda Golodner, league president.

The consumer advocacy organization announced Thursday the launch of a campaign to educate consumers about ways of reducing stress.

"If consumers can keep track of when they feel stress, uncovering the causes will be easier," Golodner said.

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