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|April 14, 2014 05:00 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As The Beatles sang, "All you need is love" – but do you need marriage? How important is the institution of marriage in today's modern society? Pretty important, as seven in ten U.S. adults (71%) say marriage is important to Americans in general, with over one-quarter (28%) saying it is very important. When it comes to them personally, three-quarters of Americans (75%) say marriage is important, with half (50%) saying it is very important. And, while one might think that men and women have different answers on this, they are not as different as one might think – as just over half of women (54%) say marriage is very important to them personally and just under half of men (45%) say the same.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,266 adults surveyed online between February 12 and 17, 2014. (Full results, including data tables, can be found here)
"Marriage is what brings us together today, that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream." – The Impressive Clergyman, The Princess Bride
While marriage may still be important, the idea of marriage has gone through some changes over the decades. Almost three-quarters of Americans (72%) say, when compared to previous generations, the idea of marriage today is less important than it was; one in five (20%) say it is just as important and only 4% believe it is more important today. And this attitude is consistent across the generations. Seven in ten of both Millennials (71%) and Gen Xers (71%), 72% of Baby Boomers and three-quarters (75%) of Matures all say the idea of marriage is less important today when compared to previous generations.
But, when asked to think back to the TV sitcoms from the 1950s and 1960s, with the father heading to work and providing for the family while the mother stayed home, took care of the kids and had dinner ready every night, seven in ten Americans (69%) do not think this is how families should look today while three in ten (31%) believe it is. Here, however, there is a generational difference. Matures are divided, with just under half (46%) saying this is how families should look and 54% saying it is not. Three-quarters of Millennials (74%), on the other hand, say it is not how families should look, as do 72% of Gen Xers and 69% of Baby Boomers.
"When a match has equal partners, then I fear not." – Aeschylus
As women's rights changed across the centuries so did the dynamic of a marriage and four in five Americans (82%) agree that in a marriage, men and women are equal in every way, with half (51%) strongly agreeing. In fact, just 16% of Americans agree that to make a marriage work, one partner needs to be dominant.
"Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution." – Mae West
But marriage may not be for everyone. In fact, two in five U.S. adults (39%) agree that marriage is not necessary. More than two in five men agree with this, compared to just over one-third of women (43% compared to 36%). And, setting the stage for the future of marriage, there is a generational divide. Just one in five Matures (19%) agree that marriage is not necessary, compared to over half of Millennials (54%).
"A family is a unit comprised not only of children, but of men, women, an occasional animal and the common cold." – Ogden Nash
In most marriages, at some point down the road (or occasionally before the vows are even taken) there is a child that causes the couple to become a family. And, while unfortunately not every marriage works, two-thirds of Americans (67%) agree that children need to be brought up in a family where the parents are married, with one-third strongly agreeing (34%) and one-third somewhat agreeing (33%). There is a large generational divide on this, as over four in five Matures (86%) agree compared to three in five Millennials (60%).
There is also the issue of staying at home with the children or not, and over half of U.S. adults (57%) agree that children should ideally be raised in a household with a stay at home parent, while 43% disagree with this notion. There is a greater agreement about one factor of the stay at home parent – over four in five (83%) agree that in households with a stay at home parent, it is not important whether it is the mother or the father; 45% strongly agree.
"To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take." – Madeleine L'Engle
For some, before marrying there may be co-habitation. Over half of Americans (57%) agree that couples should live together before getting married while 43% disagree. Again there are some generational gaps on this idea, as just one-third of Matures (32%) agree that couples should live together first, compared to about two-thirds of Gen Xers (65%) and Millennials (68%). There is also a gender gap, as two-thirds of men (65%) agree that couples should live together, compared to just half of women (50%).
And, marriage is not for only men and women, but also for same sex couples – depending on who you ask. Americans are truly divided on this, as just over half (51%) do not believe that the term marriage should only apply to a man and a woman, while just under half (49%) agree that it should. Once again, the generations think differently, as two-thirds of Matures (68%) agree that the term should only apply to a man and a woman, compared to less than two in five Millennials (38%).
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This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between February 12 and 17, 2014 among 2,266 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
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The Harris Poll® #36, April 14, 2014
By Regina A. Corso, VP, The Harris Poll and Public Relations Research
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