HPU Poll: North Carolinians Say Their Relationships Became Stronger During Pandemic

Feb 11th, 2022

HPU Poll: North Carolinians Say Their Relationships Became Stronger During Pandemic

COVID-19 did not make NC residents more likely to use dating apps or websites.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 11, 2022 –The latest High Point University Poll asked North Carolina adults about their use of online dating sites or apps, given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Of those surveyed, two-thirds (66%) said that they have not used an online dating site or app, and 33% indicated that they have used an online dating site or app.

When asked if the COVID-19 pandemic made it more or less likely that they would use more online dating sites and apps, only 10% said more likely, while more than one-third (35%) said less likely, and 42% said about the same. Only 14% of respondents did not provide an opinion.

A majority (59%) of HPU Poll respondents said that they are currently in a romantic relationship while 37% said that they are not. The HPU Poll asked those participants in a relationship how satisfied they are with their current relationship. A large majority (83%) of those in a relationship said that they are either extremely or very satisfied with that relationship, while 12% indicated that they are somewhat satisfied, and only 4% said not too satisfied or not at all satisfied.

The poll asked those same respondents if their romantic relationship has gotten better or worse since the pandemic began, and two in five (42%) said their relationship has gotten a lot or a little better. Only 7% said that it has gotten a little or a lot worse, and half (50%) said that their relationship is about the same.

Respondents were asked if they think their relationship will have gotten stronger or gotten weaker after the pandemic is over. About two in five poll respondents (41%) said their relationship will have not changed, and about half (52%) said their relationship will have gotten a lot or a little stronger. Only 4% said their relationship will have gotten a lot or a little weaker, and 3% offered no opinion either way.

“At the onset of the pandemic, it was believed that relationships may be impacted negatively by the additional stressors associated with COVID-19,” said Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate professor of psychology at HPU. “Similar to our HPU Poll results from February 2021, we are not seeing a negative impact of the pandemic on romantic relationships. Rather, a good number of participants are reporting that their relationships have either remained the same or gotten better during this time. On a related note, we are seeing a good number of respondents report optimism about their relationships getting stronger as a result of the pandemic.”

NC residents Dating App (January/February 2022)

Have you ever used an online dating site or app?

Yes – 33%

No – 66%

Unsure – 1%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

HPU Poll Online Dating

NC residents – COVID and Dating App (January/February 2022)

Has the COVID-19 pandemic made it more or less likely that you will use more online dating sites and apps?

More likely – 10%

About the same – 42%

Less likely – 35%

Unsure – 14%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

 

NC residents – Current Relationship (January/February 2022)

Would you say you are currently in a romantic relationship or not?

Yes – 59%

No – 37%

Unsure – 4%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

 

NC residents – Relationship Satisfaction (January/February 2022)

How satisfied are you with your current relationship – extremely, very, somewhat, not too, or not at all satisfied?

[Asked only of the n=523 currently in a relationship]

Extremely satisfied – 59%

Very satisfied – 24%

Somewhat satisfied – 12%

Not too satisfied – 4%

Not at all satisfied – 1%

Unsure – 1%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

 

NC residents – COVID Relationship (January/February 2022)

Would you say your romantic relationship has gotten better or worse since the coronavirus outbreak, or is it about the same? – Would you say a lot better, a little better, about the same, a little worse, a lot worse?

[Asked only of the n=523 currently in a relationship]

A lot better – 26%

A little better– 16%

About the same – 50%

A little worse – 5%

A lot worse – 2%

unsure – 1%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

 

NC residents – COVID Relationship Strength (January/February 2022)

After the outbreak is over, do you think your relationship will have gotten stronger or gotten weaker, or will it have not changed? – Would you say a lot stronger, a little stronger, not changed, a little weaker, a lot weaker?

[Asked only of the n=523 currently in a relationship]

A lot stronger – 30%

A little stronger – 22%

Not changed – 41%

A little weaker – 3%

A lot weaker – 1%

Don’t know/refused – 3%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Jan. 21 – Feb. 4, n = 884 and credibility interval is +/- 3.4%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Jan. 21 through Feb. 4, 2022, and an online survey was fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 884 adults interviewed online (820 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (64 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with dynata, formerly Research Now SSI,  to acquire these samples, and fielded the online survey using the SRC’s Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, and their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classic margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.3 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.07 (based on the weighting). The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and education based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. The final stage of weighting ensures proper weighting of the online and live interviews. Factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional errors into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available here.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

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Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.