A new study has challenged the notion that modern day couples do not believe in marriage. An overwhelming majority of adults want to tie the knot with their loved one.
The study discovered that more than seven out of ten would like to be married - ten times greater than the ones who want to live unmarried with a partner.
The survey, carried out for the BBC, suggested that there was a clear majority in favour of marriage, when it comes to having kids. The poll found that those who would like to have children with a spouse exceeded those who want them with an unmarried partner.
The latest survey also discovered that the preferred lifestyle of 62 per cent of people would be "married with kids." Only 4 per cent of respondents wanted to be "unmarried with partner and kids" - the same percentage which wanted to be lone parents, the study found.
Overall, 71 per cent wished to be married while only 7 per cent aspired to co-habiting relationships.
The findings come as a clear rejection of the idea that co-habitation is an equal alternative to marriage, a trend that has shot up by two-thirds.