Do Orthodox couples have happier, sturdier marriages?
Poll conducted by Orthodox Union reveals less divorce, more satisfaction among Orthodox than other sectors.
Orthodox Jewish couples have happier, sturdier marriages than other couples, a poll sponsored by the Orthodox Union revealed Wednesday.
The poll, conducted last year by the University of Chicago, included 3,670 couples. Eleven percent of the participants were Israeli couples who responded to a list of questions online.
In the poll, 72 percent of the men and 74 percent of the women in the Orthodox community described their marriages as "excellent" or "very good" as opposed to 63 percent of the men and 60 percent of the women in non-Orthodox communities who described their marriages as "happy."
Seventy five percent of the poll participants, men and women, said that they would marry their current partner a second time. "The result is not surprising," said one of the pollsters. "The current data confirms conclusions of previous studies that suggest that couples who regularly partake in some form of religious activity report a happier more satisfying marriage, and are less likely to divorce than other sectors," he added.
Another conclusion of the poll is that those who join the Orthodox community and aren't born into it face more marital problems than those born and raised Orthodox. However, the poll analyzers stressed that even happy marriages face "inevitable disagreements" usually caused by financial pressure, communication problems and intimacy issues.