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Pew Poll: 40 Percent of Newlyweds Aren't New to Marriage

Friday, 14 November 2014 01:38 PM

Four of every 10 newlyweds have walked down the aisle before — either because they have been divorced or they are widowed, a new report reveals.

The Pew Research Center survey also showed that men are far more likely than women to marry someone who is at least 10 years younger, according to The Washington Post.

The report, which shows how traditional marriage patterns have altered in recent decades, says that while most women think one marriage is enough, most men are keen to give marriage a second shot after divorce or having become widowed.

The findings also revealed that these days, only 70 percent of adults will have married during their lives, compared with 85 percent in 1960.

"We're not seeing an outbreak in remarriage fever," Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, told the Post. "We're seeing an increase in the number of people who are in a position to remarry.

"What's happened is that the share of the population that's divorced has risen greatly. In particular, the baby boomer generation — which experienced more divorce than any generation in history — is now in their 50s and 60s. They've lived long enough and there are now more of them to get remarried."

Pew says 42 million adults remarried in 2013 — an increase of 22 million over 1980, according to the Post. More than one in five of those, 23 percent, had been married before, compared with 13 percent in 1960.

The study also showed that 8 percent of newlyweds in 2013 had been married three times or more, and that 20 percent of all marriages in 2013 involved spouses who had both been previously married, meaning 40 percent of newlyweds.

Younger Americans, ages 25-34, are less likely to remarry, with 43 percent tying the knot in 2013 compared with 75 percent in 1960, the study said, while 50 percent of older adults remarried in 2013, a jump of 16 percent over 1960.

The survey also showed that 65 percent of previously married or widowed men would consider remarrying, while only 43 percent of women would take another trip to the altar. Only 30 percent of men do not want to remarry, while the number for women is much higher, at 54 percent.

"Older divorced men are used to being cared for by their wives on a daily basis," Cherlin said. "Older divorced women may not want to do that anymore."

Galina Rhoades, a psychology professor at the University of Denver, said, "It may be that women feel they have more to lose, essentially, by getting married [again].

"I think we are still, unfortunately, in a society where women have less power than men do. And not being married to someone is a more powerful position to be in.

"Maybe they don’t want to feel stuck again. Maybe it feels like there's some more freedom in that."

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