- More than eight out of 10 young unmarried women and men want to get married, according to our OnePoll survey of 2,000 adults aged 18-30, of whom 941 were in a relationship.
- 86% of unmarried women and 80% of unmarried men under 30 in a relationship say they would “like to get married at some point” in their life, while 76% of women and 77% of men under 30 say they “expect to get married at some point”.
- Age does not dull the desire to marry appreciably, with slightly fewer women wanting to marry, falling from 89% of 18-24s to 83% of 25-30s, whereas slightly more men want to marry, rising from 78% of 18-24s to 81% of 25-30s.
- Nor does social class, with 91% of women and 83% of men in the top tercile wanting to marry compared to 81% of women and 82% of men in the bottom tercile.
- We invite government – of whose cabinet 85% are married – to affirm this strong desire to marry among young adults by backing Marriage Week, and to motivate development of a fearless policy that promotes and distinguishes marriage in line with the evidence.
Family breakdown costs £50bn a year
When couples split up, families move from one to two households. Poverty is a common outcome that affects children. Six out of ten lone parents are supported by the state compared to one out of ten couple parents. That's where most of the £50bn is spent.