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At a time when norms and values around marriage are changing, the public is divided over the role marriage plays in society.
In a recent Pew Research Center survey, respondents were asked which of the following statements came closer to their own views: Society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority, or society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children. And blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to agree with this sentiment.
The share saying this is very important increases steadily with age. The difference is not statistically ificant. The younger they are, the more likely these adults are to say they want to marry in the future. Adults who have been married before and are currently divorced, widowed or living with a partner were asked if they want to get married again. There is a large gender gap on this question. The share of never-married adults who say they would like to marry someday has fallen in recent years.
The share saying they do not want to marry has not increased ificantly sincebut a larger percentage now say they are not sure. Those who have never been married but say either they would like to marry in the future or they are unsure were asked to identify the main reason they are not married.
Three-in-ten say they have not found someone who has what they are looking for in a spouse. Among never-married adults, the reasons for not being married vary ificantly across ages groups.
Never-married adults ages 25 to 34 are more likely than their older counterparts to say the main reason they are not married is that they are not financially prepared. Educational attainment is also related to reasons for not being married. The Pew Research survey also examined the importance of several factors in choosing a spouse. Married adults were asked how important these things were to them in choosing a spouse or partner, and unmarried respondents were asked how important these factors would be to them in choosing a spouse or partner.
Coming in a close second is finding someone who has a steady job. Married adults have a different perspective on some of these qualities, compared with those who have never been married but may want to be. When it comes to choosing a spouse, married adults place more importance on having similar ideas about raising children, sharing the same religious and moral beliefs, and having a similar race or ethnic background.
There is a large gender gap on this item. Never-married men and women are largely in agreement when it comes to the other qualities or characteristics tested in the poll.
Among all adults—married or unmarried—there are some ificant differences across racial and ethnic groups on which traits are most desirable in a spouse or partner. Whites are also much less likely than blacks or Hispanics to say that finding a spouse or partner with at least as much education as they have is very important to them. Compared with whites and Hispanics, blacks place less importance on finding a spouse who shares their racial or ethnic background.
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Chapter 1: Public Views on Marriage