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As more U. Even so, a narrow majority says society is better off if couples in long-term relationships eventually get married.
The survey also examines how adults who are married and those who are living with an unmarried partner are experiencing their relationships. It finds that married adults are more satisfied with their relationship and more trusting of their partners than those who are cohabiting. The share of U. Roughly half of those ages 30 to 49 say the same, as do majorities of those ages 50 and older. Views about marriage and cohabitation are also linked to religious affiliation. The nationally representative survey of 9, U.
It includes married and cohabiting adults in same-sex relationships.
Majorities of married and cohabiting adults express at least a fair amount of trust in their spouse or partner to be faithful to them, act in their best interest, always tell them the truth and handle money responsibly, but by double digits, married adults are more likely than those who are cohabiting to express a great deal of trust in their spouse or partner in each of these areas.
Married adults also express higher levels of satisfaction with their relationship. When it comes to their sex life, however, similar shares of married and cohabiting adults say they are very satisfied.
Married adults are also more likely than cohabiters to say they feel closer to their spouse or partner than to any other adult. Even after controlling for demographic differences between married and cohabiting adults such as gender, age, race, religion and educational attainmentmarried adults express higher levels of satisfaction, trust and closeness than those who are living with a partner. Most married and cohabiting adults cite love and companionship as major reasons why they decided to get married or move in with a partner.
This is particularly the case among those who did not live with their spouse before getting married.
Among cohabiters who are not currently engaged, those with at least some college education are more likely than those with less education to say they saw moving in with their partner as a step toward marriage. About half of U. Just over half of cohabiting adults ages 18 to 44 are raising children, including about a third who are living with they share with their current partner.
Views on this are also linked to partisanship. These gaps persist even when taking religion and age, which are strongly linked to partisanship, into. Cohabiters with and without children younger than 18 in the household are about equally likely to hold this view.
About two-thirds of U. Relatively small shares of U. References to whites, blacks and Asians include only those who are non-Hispanic and identify as only one race. Asians include Pacific Islanders.
Hispanics are of any race. For the most part, the views and experiences of Asians are not analyzed separately in this report due to sample limitations. In the analysis of Current Population Survey data in chapter 1, data for Asians are shown separately. Data for Asians and other racial and ethnic groups are incorporated into the general population figures throughout the report.
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All references to party affiliation include those who lean toward that party: Republicans include those who identify as Republicans and independents who say they lean toward the Republican Party, and Democrats include those who identify as Democrats and independents who say they lean toward the Democratic Party. Pew Research Center now uses as the last birth year for Millennials in our work. President Michael Dimock explains why.
Indians see religious tolerance as a central part of who they are as a nation. The U. Black population is growing. At the same time, how Black people self-identify is changing, with increasing shares considering themselves multiracial or Hispanic. It looks at how new voters and voters who turned out in eitheror both voted in the presidential election, and offers a detailed portrait of the demographic composition of the electorate.
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It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Newsletters Donate My. Research Topics. The reasons why people get married and the reasons they move in with a partner differ in some key ways Most married and cohabiting adults cite love and companionship as major reasons why they decided to get married or move in with a partner. Younger adults are more likely to see cohabitation as a path to a successful marriage About half of U.
A majority of Americans say cohabiting couples can raise children just as well as married couples Just over half of cohabiting adults ages 18 to 44 are raising children, including about a third who are living with they share with their current partner.
Most Americans favor allowing unmarried couples to have the same legal rights as married couples About two-thirds of U. Next: 1.
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