Facts

How do adults define relationships today? Is having a relationship important for a happy and fulfilling life? Does finding a soul mate really matter? In order to answer these questions, Chemistry.com had Harris Interactive conduct a survey on relationships. Over the next several weeks, we will be revealing the surprising results to this survey.

The majority of unmarried adults (including committed) are looking for a long-term relationship that may or may not lead to marriage � or no relationship at all. Most single adults are happy to remain single and dating or in a committed relationship, but not married.

Q1015: At this point in your life, which of the following are you looking for? Base: All single respondents,
including committed (n=1,180)


Q1025: At this point in your life, would you prefer to be...? Base: All single respondents (n=737)
A large majority of all adults agree that a person can be happy without getting married, and slightly less than half of single adults say they would be happy to live in a committed relationship forever without getting married.
Q1080: How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about marriage for you,
personally? Base: All respondents (n=2,549)

Q1060: Would you personally be happy if you never got married, but lived in a committed relationship
forever? Base: All single respondents (n=737)


Survey Methodology
Harris Interactive conducted the online survey on behalf of Chemistry.com between March 30 and April 3, 2007, among a nationally representative sample of 2,549 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Figures for region, age within gender, education, household income and race/ethnicity 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.

With a pure probability sample of 2,549, one could say with a 95% probability that the overall results would have a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points. Sampling error for data based on sub-samples would be higher and would vary. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
 
 
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