Love patrol: Most Americans would hold out for a soulmate rather than settle

March 15, 2018

There is no formula for a perfect love, but most Americans are willing to devote a great deal of time and energy into finding just the right chemistry. In fact, 60% of U.S. adults say it’s better to hold out for a soulmate than to settle, based on findings of a poll by YouGov released on March 13.

In fact, just 11% of the 6,038 Americans nationwide who responded to the poll would consider marrying someone who is not their ideal romantic mate, but who is “more or less okay.”

A majority of women (65%) and men (56%) believe that it’s better to hold out. However, men (15%) are twice as likely as women (7%) to say they would recommend settling. And a nearly equal number of men and women simply are unsure about what to do.

Americans over the age of 55 are the strongest advocates of waiting for one’s soulmate (72%), followed by those between the ages of 45 and 54 (63%).

Fewer than half of Millennials (46%) think it’s better to hold out for a soulmate—perhaps because of their ticking time clocks for pregnancy and family life—and those in the same age group are the most likely to report that they are not sure (38%).

Is the idea of a soul mate even realistic? When it comes to soulmates, another YouGov Omnibus poll has found that 69% of Americans “definitely” or “somewhat” believe in the concept. Nearly one-quarter (24%) report that they don’t deem the idea to be valid at all.

Specifically, a majority of women (71%)  believe in soulmates, while men are slightly less likely (65%) to say the same. Older Millennials are the least likely of all age groups (64%) to believe in soulmates, while Americans over the age of 55 (72%) are the most likely (72%).

Research contact: ray.martin@yougov.com

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