Town and Country - Marriage Survey
Wed Jan 26 16:25:09 EST 2000
from: Smart Marriages
Town and Country - Marriage Survey
Marriage Survey Finds the Institution of Marriage is Healthy,
Negating Escalating Divorce Rates
The Truth about In-Laws, Reasons for Marrying and Sex, Fidelity and
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--
Jan. 21, 2000-- Town & Country magazine
released the results of a survey conducted last year about marriage. One
the major findings indicated that most of the respondents (75%) were still
in their first and only marriage and that 99% expect to stay married to
their current spouse.
Pamela Fiori, editor-in-chief of Town & Country, said of the results, ``It
is encouraging to know that many couples do enjoy long, happy unions. With
Valentine's Day approaching and our February issue devoted to weddings, I
feel it is a perfect time to celebrate the institution of marriage.''
* Contrary to the ``terrible in-laws'' stereotype, 83% describe
relationships with in-laws to be good or excellent.
* When asked whether they considered their spouse the only person they
could ever have married, 58% answered yes. But knowing what they now know
about their spouse, 89% would still marry him or her again.
-- 25.2% have sex 2 - 3 times a week or more, 38.4% once a week.
* Although almost half of the respondents (49.4%) indicated sexual
compatibility and satisfaction are very important in their marriage,
financial stress causes the most problems in marriage (32.6%), followed by
* 63.8% kiss their spouse more than once a day, 25% once a day and
3.8% once a month or less.
* Does marriage get better over time? For 91% of the respondents the
answer is yes! Responses include: ``It deepens the partnership''; ``You
closer, respect each other, understand differences, feel comfortable
* Respondents were prepared to spend, or had spent, at least five
times more on their children's weddings than was spent on their own.
* Honesty prevails. When asked about the most important qualities in a
spouse, 100% of respondents considered honesty very/somewhat important.
Intellectual compatibility and dependability tied for a close second.
highly valued traits, all scoring above 75%, include: a good/similar sense
of humor, willingness and ability to change, similar interests, financial
stability, sexual compatibility, physical attractiveness, openness to new
experiences/ideas and similar religious/spiritual values.
* Personality or looks? For 85.8%, the attraction was based on
personality; 74.1% chose looks.
* George and Barbara Bush, or fairy-tale couples? When asked what
couple they most identified with, 32.5% saw themselves as George and
Bush; Harry and Sally were second with 25.4%, followed by Prince Charming
and Sleeping Beauty at 19%.
* How much time do couples spend together? On average, the respondents
spent 16.8 hours of quality time per week with their spouses - and for
that's perfect, although 46% would like more.
* 40.6% tell their spouse ``I love you'' more than once a day while
12.6% say it once a month or less.
The survey was based on answers from Town
& Country readers responding to an 8-page questionnaire randomly mailed by
the magazine to 1000 subscribers in July 1999. Nine out of ten of those
wrote in were women. Their average age was 54.4; their spouses' average
was 56.3. Most of the respondents were college educated (76%), and nearly
half were employed, either full-time (30%) or part-time (18%).
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