Pew: Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S.

Southern evangelicals have taken a lot of hits from Trad Caths. Look at this huge difference in opinion though on marriage and cohabitation:


“As more U.S. adults are delaying marriage – or forgoing it altogether – the share who have ever lived with an unmarried partner has been on the rise. Amid these changes, most Americans find cohabitation acceptable, even for couples who don’t plan to get married, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Even so, a narrow majority says society is better off if couples in long-term relationships eventually get married.

The survey also examines how adults who are married and those who are living with an unmarried partner are experiencing their relationships. It finds that married adults are more satisfied with their relationship and more trusting of their partners than those who are cohabiting. …

Views about marriage and cohabitation are also linked to religious affiliation. About three-quarters of Catholics (74%) and white Protestants who do not self-identify as born-again or evangelical (76%) say it’s acceptable for an unmarried couple to live together even if they don’t plan to get married. By contrast, only 47% of black Protestants and 35% of white evangelical Protestants share this view. And while half or more across these groups say society is better off if couples who want to stay together long-term eventually get married, white evangelicals are the most likely to say this (78% do so). Among those who are not religiously affiliated, fully nine-in-ten say cohabitation is acceptable even if a couple doesn’t plan to get married, and just 31% say society is better off if couples who want to stay together eventually get married. …

White evangelicals are among the most likely to say society is better off if couples get married: 78% say this, compared with 69% of black Protestants, 57% of Catholics and 52% of white non-evangelical Protestants. By contrast, among adults who are religiously unaffiliated, just 31% express this view. “

Mainline Protestants and Catholics have essentially the same views on marriage and cohabitation. Evangelical Protestants and atheists are polar opposites on the issue.

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  1. Congratulations white evangelicals. Looks like according to the last paragraph my side is in 3rd place out of 5. I would think Traditional Catholics would score way higher than mainstream ones. But we were not on the list.

  2. There is no real benefit to marriage for most men. I do think if you have children you should stick it out for a while. Christians shot themselves in the foot by telling young people they should not marry until after college or whatever, so here we are. No Christian preacher wants to admit that they are part of the problem.

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