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What is a good marriage? Check out these survey results you may be surprised

By patxxoo     Jul 1, 2007 in Lifestyle
Times are changing and so are people's views as to just what makes a successful marriage.
Does the sharing of housework rate higher than having children in your ideal of a successful marriage? Read on to find out what some Americans thought.
In a survey done by the Pew Research Center a list of the top nine items people associated with a successful marriage are as follows and the results from the 2007 survey versus the 1990 survey done by World Values:
1. At the top of the list is faithfulness which has actually dropped by 2% since 1990.
2. Next on the list is having a happy sexual relationship, up by 3%. Are you really surprised?
3. Followed by sharing household chores, up by a whopping 15%.
4. Adequate income surprisingly comes in fourth in on the list, up by 7%.
5. Good housing, up by 9%.
6. Shared religious beliefs, up by 4%.
7. Shared tastes and interests, up by 2%.
8. Having children, down by 24%.
9. Agreement on politics comes in last on the list, up by 1%.
In the original 1990 survey "bearing and raising of children" actually was ranked as the third most important item on the list. Now it is down to number eight which is a very big surprise to some.
By a margin of almost three-to-one Americans now say when they were surveyed that the main purpose of marriage is the "mutual happiness and fulfillment" of adults instead of the "bearing and raising of children."
Does this survey prove American people's ideas on marriage have changed drastically over the years? Well of course they have but I was quite surprised by the numbers presented by this survey.
In the United States today, marriage exerts less influence over how adults organize their lives and how children are born and raised than at any time in the nation's history. Only about half of all adults (ages 18 and older) in the U.S. are married; only about seven-in-ten children live with two parents; and nearly four-in-ten births are to unwed mothers, according to U.S. Census figures.
Do you agree with this survey? Have we really become more important than our children in our own thoughts of a successful marriage. Just what do you think of as a successful marriage?
For more interesting survey results check out the marriage/parenthood survey for yourself here.
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