Do Americans believe in the idea of soulmates?

Jamie BallardData Journalist
February 10, 2021, 1:00 PM UTC

With Valentine’s Day nearly here, YouGov has found that America tends to be a nation of romantics.  

A YouGov poll of nearly 15,000 US adults finds that 60% of Americans believe in the idea of soulmates. About a quarter (23%) say they don’t believe in such a concept, and 18% are unsure. Women (64%) are more likely than men (55%) to say they believe in this idea of a perfect romantic match.  

A person’s relationship status may impact their beliefs about romantic connections. Americans who are in a civil partnership (66%) or marriage (59%) are more likely than those who are single (49%) or divorced (52%) to say that they believe in the idea of soulmates.  

Among those who self-identify as “hopeless romantics,” 64% say that they believe in soulmates.  

Previous YouGov polling from March 2018 found that 60% of Americans believe it’s better to hold out for a soulmate, rather than settle for someone less than ideal (11%).  

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Methodology: 14,994 US adults were interviewed. The survey was conducted between January 27 – February 3, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to provide a representative sample of the United States.   

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