WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- A new poll conducted by a Washington non-profit group indicates children are not seen as a prerequisite for a happy marriage.
While most respondents in the Pew Research Center's study agreed children are the top source of personal fulfillment for U.S. parents, it also found only 41 percent judged kids as "very important" to a happy marriage, The Washington Post said Sunday.
That figure represents a significant drop from a 1990 study in which 65 percent of respondents judged children as vital to a successful marriage.
In lieu of kids, poll respondents said more important characteristics of a happy marriage included economic factors, similar religious beliefs, common interests and sharing household chores. Other highly rated marital factors included faithfulness and a satisfying sexual relationship in a marriage.
Conversely, the Post said, the study of 2,020 adults revealed that nearly 70 percent of respondents said a child needs both parents in their life to enjoy a happy childhood.