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November 18th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Is marriage obsolete? New poll gives answers

Marriage is not what it used to be, according to new data from TIME Magazine. The magazine conducted a poll with the Pew Research Center on the evolution of marriage, and reveals the results today on American Morning.

Among the findings:
– 40 percent of Americans believe marriage is obsolete, up from 28 percent in 1979.

– The median household income of married adults is 41 percent higher than unmarried adults, up 29 percent from 50 years ago.

While it’s no surprise marriage is declining, there’s also evidence marriage is not headed toward extinction. Belinda Luscombe, editor at large at TIME, explains on American Morning how the findings fit with the fact that many actually say they do want marriage some day. Read the full article at:,8599,2031962,00.html

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Brenda Smith

    Absolutely, I urge your viewers to read up on union history. UAW has been for all workers. Child labor laws, safety, better wages, equal pay, vacations and so on have come about because of unions. Thanks to our past men and women who have fought to make our lives better.
    A proud member UAW, Brenda

    November 19, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  2. Ilkka Tiitinen

    To ask ' is marriage obsolete' is to ask is one's 'mother and father' obsolete?' I don't think that will ever be the case. Attempted new defintions of marriage fail.

    November 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Anibal Cardenas

    Marriage is the foundation for family! but times change, for better or worse?

    November 18, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  4. PAVillaume

    You don't suppose it is the economy overall? Or just the costs of tying the knot, being greater than the total short lived enjoyment. Cost versus Return.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:53 am |