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

August 6, 2010 by  
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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


4 Responses to “8/6: Most Americans Hitched to the Right Wagon, But…”

  1. Want to Marry Your Soul Mate? Could This Lead An Increased Risk of Divorce? | Dr. Walt's Health Blog on December 13th, 2010 11:03 am

    [...] may sound like bad news for the two-thirds of Americans who, it is reported, like the idea of soul mates. But if that’s you, there’s no need to change your [...]

  2. Atlanta Bridal on July 6th, 2011 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.

  3. Christy on August 5th, 2011 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.

  4. Soulmates – how believing in them (or not) affects your relationships « eHarmony Labs on November 11th, 2011 6:47 pm

    [...] the idea of soulmates, that is two people who are destined to be together?”  This is up from 66% in 2010.  Southerners were the most idealistic, with 78% believing in soulmates, and Westerners were least [...]

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