There were three types of people when local officials began to put stay-at-home orders in place: those excited for more time with their significant other, those dreading it, and single people.
Turns out, American couples are holding up just fine stuck at home together amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Monmouth poll.
Nine in 10 Americans who are currently married, living with a partner or otherwise in a romantic relationship said they are either “extremely” or “very” satisfied and 51% believe their relationships will emerge stronger. Just 1% of respondents said they were unsatisfied or thought the crisis would harm their relationships.
“Overall, these results suggest that the global pandemic may not be as bad for relationships as many have feared,” said Dr. Gary Lewandowski, professor of psychology at Monmouth University whose research and writing focuses on romantic relationships, in a news release. “Instead, it seems similar to what research showed following 9/11. Our relationships may become stronger and even more important than they already were.”
A similarly large majority of Americans — 74% — said the pandemic has not impacted their relationships at all. Among those who said it has, 17% said it has been positive, while just 5% said it has had a negative impact. More respondents said they are getting into fewer arguments (18%) with their partner, not more (10%). While most respondents said their sex lives remained the same, more claimed the pandemic had helped their performance in the sack (9%) than said it has worsened (5%).
A significant minority — 26% — did admit their relationship has been an added stressor amid the whirlwind that is life in the year 2020. But another chunk of respondents — 14% — said their relationships help decrease their daily stress levels.
Women were more likely than men to say their relationships impact their stress levels either positively (17% of women, 12% of men) or negatively (29% of women, 23% of men), while men were more confident in the pandemic’s impact on their relationships (55% expect it to get stronger vs. 46% of women).
Unmarried couples were more likely to say their relationships help relieve their stress (22% unmarried, 12% married). But more married couples reported being “extremely” satisfied in their relationships than those who hadn’t tied the knot, 64% to 47%.
“It isn’t surprising that so many people are satisfied in their relationship,” Lewandowski said in the release. “Our relationships are a key source of stability, and when the world feels uncertain, having your partner there to be your rock is assuring.”
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Author: Evan Webeck