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Most Married Nigerians claim to be Happily Married

May 1, 2012. In a recent snap poll conducted by NOI Polls on Marriage, results have revealed that more than 9 in 10 married Nigerians say they are “happily married”. Specifically, 97% of the respondent chose yes to the question of whether they were happily married, while 1% each said they were either not happily married or that it Varies from day to day. The survey also sought to establish why Nigerians get married, and it was found that 6 in 10 Nigerians (60%) marry because of Love, while 16%, 9% and 6% of the respondents said they married for Social Reasons, Religious Reasons, and Economic Reasons, respectively.

Furthermore, considering the rising incidents of conflicts in marriages, and the attendant cases of divorce in the society, the survey also sought to establish the main causes of conflicts in marriages. The results showed that 40% and 31% of the respondents believe that Financial Issues and the Lack of Communication, respectively, are the main causes of conflicts in marriages. Also 6% of the respondent chose Lack of Understanding and 3% interference from In-laws. Interestingly, only 2% each chose the presence or lack of children, Lack of Sex, Infidelity, and Lies & Distrust. 1% of the respondents also suggested that conflicts arise when Love no longer exists. In addition, when asked whether or not they would marry their spouses again if given the opportunity, 92% of respondents said Yes, while 4% said No.

Relatedly, given the rising incidents of domestic violence, the survey also sought to understand the factors responsible for the recent increase in domestic abuse and violence reported in the media. First, the findings from the survey showed that while at least 1 in 10 respondents (13%) have been a victim of domestic violence in the past; also, 29% of respondents know someone who has been a victim of domestic abuse and violence.

Finally, in response to the question of why there is increased domestic violence in the society, 6 in 10 Nigerians (60%) ascribed the recent increase in domestic violence to poverty. The respondents suggested that poverty has led many people into frustration and anger, and at the slightest provocation, people resort to violence as a means of expressing their frustration with their poor situation. Furthermore, 16% and 12% of the respondents were of the opinion that it was because Love no longer exists, and the growing Insensitivity, respectively. Interestingly, only 1% of the respondents ascribed the increase in domestic violence to Unemployment.

Survey Methods Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 2,189 phone-owning adults, aged 18 and older, and conducted from the 16th – 20th April 2012. For results based on this sample size, we can say with 95% confidence that the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The margin of error reflects the influencing of data weighting, while question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys may introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.


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