Most Americans Think Cohabitation Is Fine, But That’s Not What Social Science Says

December 11, 2019   By Peter Sprigg
Peter Sprigg is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Federalist on December 2, 2019.

Much of what Americans believe about cohabitation is factually incorrect. If Americans knew the truth about the risks and consequences of premarital cohabitation, perhaps they would be less likely to approve or practice it.

A nineteenth-century humorist once warned that a bigger problem than knowing little is “to know so many things that ain’t so.” Well, Americans know “many things that ain’t so” about cohabitation and marriage.

new Pew Research Center study shows Americans both cohabitate (“live with an unmarried partner”) and find cohabitation acceptable more than before. But other research shows this is unwise. Here is what the Pew Research Center found.   More…

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