Valentine’s Day Poll: 86% of Americans Believe in True Love

Americans feel pretty good about love, as a new CBS News/YouGov survey has found that most have experienced love in their lifetime and if they haven’t, most Americans feel pretty good about their chances.

CBS/YouGov News released the results of a survey that asked about 1,900 Americans various questions about their love life in late January. Most respondents said they believe true love really exists, at 86%, while 67% said they had experienced true love themselves.

Those who said they hadn’t found true love remained hopeful, with 69% saying they simply hadn’t found it yet.

Interestingly, the older the respondents, the higher the likelihood that they had experienced true love. Among people aged 30 to 44, 65% said they had experienced true love, while 69% of people aged 45 to 64 said they had experienced it too. Among people over 65, 75% said they had experienced love.


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However, 53% of respondents said that only some of the other people in their lives have found true love, with 20% saying almost none of them have found it.

The online dating site Match.com conducted its annual report Singles in America study that revealed what Americans look for in a partner, with 84 percent saying they want someone they can trust and confide in and someone they can communicate their wants and needs to.

Notably, only 78% wanted someone physically attractive in 2021, compared to 90% in 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed people’s search for love like Stephanie Tong, associate professor of communication studies at Wayne State Universitystudied how people initiate, maintain and end romantic relationships through the multitude of digital platforms available.

Tong found that online dating site OkCupid has reported a 700% increase in usage since the pandemic began. Mobile dating app Tinder broke its own record for the most swipe activity in a day, with 3 billion swipes.


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