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Marriage

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by Frank Newport

Amid the cascade of negative news, there are some positive notes from the American people.

by RJ Reinhart

Over the next week, Gallup will release a series of three articles providing insight into LGBT issues.

In 1981, Americans rated faithfulness as the top feature of a successful marriage. Political agreement and having the same social background ranked last.

In November 1936, a month before King Edward VIII of England abdicated to marry an American divorcee, a majority of Americans favored the union.

In 1952, Gallup asked Americans what kind of job or occupation would provide women the best chance of finding a husband. Office jobs came out on top.

Eighty years ago, just over half of Americans thought a girl needed to be 18 to marry, but 22% put the number under 18 and 25% over 18.

After mostly disapproving of married women working when not financially necessary in 1936, Americans gave slim majority approval to this in 1969.

Social & Policy Issues
Social & Policy Issues