Partners make people happy - poll
15 February 2012, 09:02
New York - Nearly two-thirds of married couples and people with a
significant other say their partner is the most important source of
happiness in their lives, according to a new global poll released on
And nearly half of all singles yearn above all
else to find a sweetheart, with about 45% saying finding a partner would
bring them the greatest happiness.
"What strikes us when we
look at the data is that you have this majority of global citizens who
are really looking at home for happiness," said Keren Gottfried,
research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs, which conducted the
survey in 24 countries.
South Africa reported the highest levels
of domestic bliss, with 82% of settled South Africans saying nothing
could make them happier than their partner.
Japanese and South
Korean couples were at the other end of the scale. Nearly half said they
would hesitate to say their partner was the single best thing in their
lives, although they conceded that he or she was the source of at least
some of their happiness.
For many couples, about 38% globally,
the best thing about their relationship was the sex, according to the
poll. This was especially true for Brazilians. Nearly 60% said that
nothing could make them happier than having a good sex life.
the Japanese, South Koreans and Britons tended to value other qualities
in their partner. Only 15% of Japanese ranked their sex lives above all
else as a source of contentment.
Single people in the same
three countries also reported a resilient independence, with only a
third or less of single Japanese, South Koreans and the Britons saying
finding someone to settle down with was the most important step in their
search for happiness.
Single Indonesians were the most
preoccupied with finding a mate. Nearly 70% said nothing could make them
happier, followed by 57% of Turks and 56% of Mexicans.
among couples who lived together, the poll found signs of restlessness
with slightly more than a quarter of people in such relationships saying
that finding someone else to be with would make them happiest of all.
Ipsos interviewed 21 248 in an online survey in Argentina, Australia,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary,
India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.
Fifty-nine percent of the people surveyed said they were married or living with their partner, while 41% said they were not.