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Half of Canadians think Marriage isn’t Necessary

Half of Canadians think Marriage isn’t Necessary @pexels

Are you married? What about your children? What do they think about marriage?

The rate of young people (18-34) who are married in Canada has been steadily decreasing since pollster Angus Reid started collecting data in 1971. The latest Angus Reid poll about marriage now reveals that over half of Canadians, all ages combined, think that “Marriage is simply not necessary.” 

Angus Reid

Source: Angus Reid

But is such a finding really surprising? A study by the Vanier Institute found that 4 in 10 first marriages end in divorce! No wonder people are jaded… It’s not surprising either that birth rates are down: Canadians generated 1.61 children per woman of child-0bearing age in 2011, compared to 1.68 in 2008.

This may be because of economic or social pressure… But it may also be because people just aren’t getting married and staying in committed relationships as much anymore!

Angus Reid

Source: Angus Reid

Another interesting shift in Canadian opinion over the past five decades is that couples should live together before getting married. In total, 79% of Canadians agree with this proposition today, up from 22% in 1971. 

Angus Reid

Source: Angus Reid

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