In a recent national telephone poll of 1,00 American 78 percent said they think the institution of marriage is important to U.S. society, including 54 percent who view it as very important. These findings have generally held steady in surveys since May 2011. Just 18 percent think marriage is not very or not at all Important to society.


Fifty-six percent said they are currently married, down just slightly from 60 percent a year ago. Forty-three percent are not married, but among those participants, 40 percent have been married in the past and 19 percent are currently living with a significant other or in a domestic partnership.


Eighty-six percent of the married adults consider the institution of marriage important to society, including 66 percent who consider it very important. Fifty-four percent of adults in domestic partnerships also rate marriage as important, but just 24 percent think marriage is very important.


Thirty-seven percent of the unmarried participants think it’s at least somewhat likely they’ll get married in the next five years, including 15 percent who think it’s very likely. Half (51 percent) consider that unlikely, with one-in-five (21 percent) who say it’s not at all likely that they will marry in the near future.


Sixty-eight percent of those who are living with a significant other or in a domestic partnership think it’s likely they will be married in five years.