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8/6: Most Americans Hitched to the Right Wagon, But…


8/6: Most Americans Hitched to the Right Wagon, But…

95% of married Americans say they tied the knot to the right person while just 5% report they made a mistake and should have married someone else.



Married residents living in the Midwest, West, and South, those who earn $50,000 or more annually, and married residents 18 to 29 are those most likely to say they tied the knot to the right person.

But, did married Americans commit to their soul mate?  Not necessarily.  Although most believe they married the right person, fewer married residents — 66% — actually believe in the idea of soul mates.  34%, though, do not think two people are destined be together.  There is no difference between the proportion of married and unmarried Americans who believe in the concept of soul mates.

Those who are most likely to agree with the idea of soul mates are Southerners, residents earning less than $50,000 a year, Americans 18 to 29, and women.

Table: Americans Married to Right Person
Table: Americans Who Believe in Soul Mates

Majority of Americans Married

As for the proportion of adult Americans who are married, 55% are while 45% are not.

Midwesterners, residents earning $50,000 or more, and those 30 to 44 are those most likely to be married.

Table: Married Americans

Marist Poll Methodology

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  2. Christy

    August 5, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    I remember years ago, when I was only 17 yrs old, my Grandma told me that being married is the hardest commitment to make, whether you’re soul mates or not. I, of course, had no idea what she was even talking about. as I thought I was dating my true soul mate. After I got married, I found out how right my Grandma was. Marriage is something you always have to work on.

  3. Atlanta Bridal

    July 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I think you may have several potential soul mates but when you find one you both have to work on your marriage and commit to it to make it work.

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