Americans are increasingly cheating on partners, are more open to multiple lovers, and less keen on monogamy, a new survey on changing attitudes to sex and love has revealed.
YouGov polling this month shows that while most Americans still want a wholly monogamous marriage, the numbers are slipping as people increasingly accept some degree of dallying.
Meanwhile, polygamy — the custom of having more than one spouse at the same time — remains mostly taboo, but nearly a fifth of US adults say it will be legal within 50 years.
For many, the trend is not surprising, echoed in the celebrity cheating scandal involving stars Meghan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly and the open marriage between Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
But for others, including conservative DailyMail.com columnist David Marcus, the trajectory is a worrying progression from the collapse of traditional norms about family life.
‘Polygamy will be legal in parts of the US within a decade,’ Marcus posted on social media.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have been embroiled in a recent cheating scandal, an issue that modern couples must navigate as social norms and expectations shift
Comparing YouGov’s polling this month against results seven years ago shows an evolving trend away from conventional monogamous relationships
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Comparing this month’s YouGov survey of 1,000 adults with the same questions asked in 2016 shows the evolution of American attitudes to romance and fidelity.
The share of respondents who described their current relationship as ‘completely monogamous’ dropped from 71 percent in 2016 to 66 percent this month.
Those who saw monogamy as the relationship ideal also fell from 62 percent to 55 percent over that period.
Meanwhile, the share of respondents who had sex with somebody other than their main romantic lover — without that partner’s consent — ticked up slightly from 19 percent in 2016 to 20 percent this year.
A similar rise is seen in the numbers of people sleeping around with their partner’s consent.
The research also uncovered stark differences of opinion between men and women across age groups.
Older women, for example, are more than twice as likely (74 percent) as young men (35 percent) to say they want a completely monogamous relationship.
Among couples, researchers found men were ‘more likely than women to have engaged in sexual activities outside of their relationship’.
Attitudes to polygamy also appear to be changing.
More than two thirds (68 percent) of Americans are against legalizing marriage for somebody who already has a spouse.
But only about a half (53 percent) of younger adults, aged under 29, oppose the idea.
Likewise, Democrats are more open to the looser relationship structure than Republicans.
‘Though most Americans do not want polygamy legalized, about half either think it will be legalized in the next 50 years (18 percent) or are uncertain (30 percent),’ YouGov said in a statement.
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‘Half (52 percent) say it will not become legal in the next 50 years.’
Shifting attitudes on sex and love occur against a backdrop of revelations about the trysts and unconventional relationships of a growing number of notables, as well as efforts to change the laws around marriage and polygamy.
The relationship between Fox, 36, the Transformers star, and her pop-punk rapper boyfriend MGK, 32, reportedly hit the skids over an infidelity.
Meanwhile, Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes were spotted kissing in Mexico this month. The co-hosts were kicked off Good Morning America after DailyMail.com’s revelations about their extramarital affair.
In a 2021 cover story for GQ magazine, Smith, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, spoke of his unconventional, open marriage with his wife.
Even hard-right Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had extramarital flings, including one with a man who was dubbed her ‘polyamorous tantric sex guru’.
US courts have started giving slivers of recognition to polyamorous relationships — a New York City judge last year allowed some inheritance rights within a throuple — but more concrete rights are a long way off.
Megan Fox is currently ‘still not in a good place’ with Machine Gun Kelly, according to recent reports, despite recently shutting down speculation that he had cheated on her