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Nearly 43 percent of single black men said they’re looking for a long-term partner that can eventually lead to marriage. That’s according to a new poll of nearly 1,100 African-Americans out today from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

The survey asked questions about a wide range of topics, including communities, finance and dating. Respondents between 18 and 49 years old who were divorced, widowed or never married were asked whether they were currently seeking a long-term romantic commitment. Roughly half of the men said yes; just a quarter of the women said the same.



Oddly enough the results of the NPR survey are consistent with other recent surveys that find men (of all colors) desire committed relationships while women appear to be ambivalent. Dating site Match.com published the results of a survey on singles that found men were just as eager to marry, if not moreso than women. Similarly, a 2012 survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Foundation found that many black women have concluded “happiness does not require a mate.”

So what gives why are women opting out of long term relationships?

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