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Survey: Majority of Americans Believe It’s OK to Live Together before Marriage

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jan 03
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A recent survey has revealed that the majority of American adults believe there is nothing wrong with living together before marriage.

According to, the Barna Group study titled Barna Trends 2017 revealed that 65 percent of American adults believe that cohabitation is okay and even a good way to test compatibility.

Additionally, 57 percent of survey participants said that they have previously or are currently living with a significant other while unmarried. Sixty-two percent also said that living together does not increase pressure to get married.

The same report also looked at trends of church attendance and revealed that women are leaving the church. Women have historically had higher rates of church attendance than men.

Evangelist and Christian speaker Christine Caine commented on the challenges facing the Church, regarding the report’s findings:

"One of the greatest challenges for the Church today is to make the gospel relevant to women. We are hemorrhaging a generation of women who have often been made to feel that they have a limited role to play in the Church. The landscape has changed dramatically for many women in the Western world when it comes to their inclusion in and contribution to all sectors of society and decision making — but there has not necessarily been a corresponding shift in church."


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Publication date: January 3, 2017