About seven-in-ten (69%) people do not agree with that notion; only 28% do.
Among those who do agree, men (31%) are slightly more likely to do so than women (26%).
A rising share of births are to mothers who are not married, meaning that marriage is no longer seen by many as the only gateway to parenthood.
(The divorce rate has gone down since the 1980s and is less of a factor than it used to be.) The postponement of many markers of adulthood also plays a role.
Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives. The romantic ideal of marriage plays out in survey data that show whether they are married or not, Americans are more inclined to choose “love” as a reason for marriage than any other factor.
The median age at first marriage, which declined for the first half of the 20 century, has been rising since then.
As recently as the early 1980s, the median age for men was 25 and for women 22.
Among the minority who say marital status does make a difference in life, marriage is deemed better in all of the listed realms but one.
When it comes to getting ahead in a career, being single wins out, 24% to 14%.The French term chevalier, the Spanish term caballero, and the Italian term cavaliere, all meaning “warrior on horseback” came together to form “chivalry.” While the term was originally used the same as it had been previously (for warriors on horseback) it became known as a broad term for the code of conduct followed by knights.