Dating and marriage facts
Sizable minorities of married people are members of a different religious group than their partner, but marriages and partnerships across political party lines are relatively rare.
About four-in-ten Americans who have married since 2010 (39%) have a spouse who is in a different religious group, compared with only 19% of those who wed before 1960, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.
However, being a good financial provider was seen as particularly important for men to be a good husband or partner, according to a 2017 survey by the Center. The number of Americans living with an unmarried partner reached about 18 million in 2016, up 29% since 2007.
About seven-in-ten adults (71%) said it was very important for a man to be able to support a family financially to be a good husband or partner, while just 32% said the same for a woman to be a good wife or partner. Roughly half of cohabiters are younger than 35 – but cohabitation is rising most quickly among Americans ages 50 and older.
One problem the task force hopes to tackle is the spotty coordination and communication among the police, prosecutors, city housing officials and organizations that provide services to victims.
About one-in-ten white newlyweds (11%) are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity.In 2007, Americans opposed legalizing same-sex marriage by a margin of 54% to 37%.In 2017, more favored (62%) than opposed (32%) allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.Among both Gen Zers and Millennials, 53% say people of different races marrying each other is a good thing for our society, compared with 41% of Gen Xers, 30% of Boomers and 20% of those in the Silent Generation, according to the Center’s 2019 report.Support for the legalization of same-sex marriage has grown in the past 10 years.