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What American marriages are really like in 2017

Ask any couple who has been married for decades what the secret to a happy marriage is and they'll likely tell you: not getting divorced. Or the ever-popular cliché: happy wife, happy life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2 million American couples are married, but statistics can't tell us how many of them are actually happy.

TODAY teamed up with SurveyMonkey to find out what it's really like to be married in 2017, and how our current attitudes toward commitment and partnership have changed. We asked married and divorced adults what they really think. Here are a few of the most surprising findings:

Katie Connelly

Here are a few more statistics to share with your friends:

  • Nearly 3 in 10 Americans agree that the institution of marriage is obsolete
  • Only 17 percent of those married said they have gone for marriage counseling
  • Among divorced individuals, 28 percent of men said it wasn't their choice to divorce
  • Aside from infidelity, other common causes of divorce were lack of communication (15 percent) and abuse (13 percent)
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*Results from a national sample of 3,116 adults age 18 and over. To learn more about the survey, read here.

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