Cupid works magic as poll shows more happy couples than singles

Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:53pm EST
 
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By Marina Lopes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With Valentine's Day fast approaching, an international poll released on Wednesday showed that more people feel happy and financially secure if they are in a relationship than being single.

Nearly 80 percent of more than 18,000 adults questioned in an online Ipsos poll in 15 countries who were part of a couple said they were happy, compared with 67 percent of singles.

Canadian couples were the most content at 90 percent, compared with 53 percent of Hungarians, according to the survey by the independent market research firm.

"Based on our research, people in relationships say they're happier," said Janis Gilman, global marketing director for Ipsos.

But she added that the survey grouped singles with divorcees and widows, which are "all factors that play a negative role in one's happiness and financial security."

In Japan, 53 percent of singles said they were happy, compared with 77 percent of people in a relationship.

In the United States, 74 percent of singles said they were happy, compared with 89 percent of people in a relationship.

Couples were least happy in Hungary and Spain at around 50 percent. Argentine singles and couples tied, with 65 percent in both groups saying they were happy.   Continued...