Poll: Majority of Americans not very excited about their romantic lives


WASHINGTON – As Americans pick out cards, buy flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day, a new national Clarus Poll finds that a majority of adults are not very excited about their romantic lives.

The survey, conducted by Clarus Research Group, reveals that 36% of Americans say their love lives are “exciting” but another 29% say “good, but not exciting,” 8% say “fairly boring,” and 7% say “downright awful.” Twenty percent would not answer the question.

Men are more excited about their romances than women––42% of men say their love lives are exciting while only 30% of women say so.

Younger Americans are more likely to say their love lives are “exciting” than older ones.

Under 30: 51% excited

Age 30 – 44: 49% excited

Age 45 – 64 33% excited

Age 65 – plus 30% excited

Which part of the country has the happiest love birds? The Clarus Poll found that the South has the most people who are excited about their love lives (38%) and the Northeast has the fewest (31%).

Does politics play a role? Clarus found that Republicans are happiest with their love lives. Forty-four percent of Republicans say their romantic lives are exciting while only 32% of Democrats and 31% of independents say the same.
How about income? Clarus found that 47% of those with incomes over $100,000 a year say their love lives are “exciting” while only 27% of those with incomes under $50,000 say so.

The following question was asked by the Clarus Poll: “Thinking about Valentine’s Day coming up on February fourteenth… Which of the following best describes your romantic love life right now…would you say it is EXCITING… would you say it is GOOD BUT NOT EXCITING…would you say it is FAIRLY BORING… or would you say it is DOWNRIGHT AWFUL?”

Exciting 36%

Good but not exciting 29%

Fairly boring 8%

Downright awful 7%

No answer/don’t know 20%

The poll was conducted Feb. 1-5, 2011 by Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan polling firm based in Washington, D.C. The representative nationwide sample consisted of 1,000 adults with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.