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49 pct of divorced people say they married for love, survey reveals.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A recent survey conducted and released by the Gezici Research Company on the eve of Valentine's Day has shown that 49.6 percent of divorced Turks say they married for love, while 18.7 say their marriage had been arranged.

A total of 4,340 people were surveyed -- 2,630 females -- from 38 provinces across Turkey.

Responding to whether they had married for love or whether their marriage had been arranged, 37.4 percent of women and 60.6 percent of men said they married for love. In total, 51.1 percent of the married participants said they married for love, while 26.2 percent said their marriages had been arranged. Of the married participants, 22.7 percent said they met with their spouses via their friends or relatives.

Of the divorced respondents, 49.6 percent said that they had married for love, while 18.7 percent said their marriage had been arranged. Additionally, 31.7 percent of these divorced participants said they met with their ex-spouses via friends or relatives.

In terms of single participants, 80.6 percent say they would get married for love, while 12.4 percent said they would prefer an arranged marriage.

When asked who chose the person with whom they got married, 53.4 percent of the married participants said that they had chosen their spouses, while 16.4 percent said their families had decided for them. Furthermore, 56.5 percent of the divorced participants said they had chosen whom to marry, while 12.3 percent said their families had chosen for them. A total of 84.2 percent of single people said they plan to choose the person with whom they will get married in the future, while only 3.1 percent said their families would decide for them.

When questioned whether, if reborn, they would re-marry their current spouse, 47.2 percent said yes, while 34.9 said no. The rest of the respondents said they were not sure.

When asked whether marriage ends love between couples, 28.2 percent of the married participants said yes, while 43.3 percent said love is reinforced by marriage. Of the single participants, 65.7 percent said the marriage would not end an existing love, while 15.1 percent believed marriage would end love. Of these single respondents, 19.7 percent said they believe marriage hurts love. The survey has also shown that 81.1 percent of divorced people believe that marriage hurts love between couples, while only 4.2 percent of them believe that marriage makes love stronger.

The survey also reveals that 59.8 percent of Turkish people would not marry a non-Muslim even if they were to fall in love with a non-Muslim, while 40.2 percent say they would get married with a non-Muslim if they were to fall in love.

According to the survey, 70.9 percent of Turks believe in love at first sight while 29.1 percent say they do not believe in it. Furthermore, 73.1 percent of single respondents said they believe in love at first sight, while 64.1 percent of the divorced survey participants said they do not believe in love at first sight.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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