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Lovers and fighters: British love in numbers

Posted on 19 February 2014 .
Tags: Love, Understanding Society, couples, kissing, relationships, valentine's day

Valentine’s Day last week saw 30% of all annual UK flowers sales and Brits nationwide wining, dining and sealing letters with a kiss. At NatCen, we crunched numbers to find out just how happy Brits are in their relationships. And what we found warmed our research hearts: 86% of us are happy in our relationships, and 7% of us say they couldn’t get any better, describing them as ‘perfect’!

The new analysis of the ESRC funded Understanding Society survey shows that as well as a nation of lovers, we are also a nation of fighters. 50% of us say we do occasionally squabble with our partners, suggesting that the odd spat is no bad thing. Equally, our contentment doesn’t mean that our partners do not get under our skin; 61% admit that our partners do sometimes get on our nerves.

There are more signs that we’re happy; very few couples are thinking about breaking up. Just under 3 in 4 (73%) never regret their marriage or having moved in together and 3 in 4 (75%) of us said we had never considered separating from our partners. 

Here’s the data from some of the questions below, so you can have a look for yourself.

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