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Relationship success - study shows sharing domestic duties more important than money or religion

John Aiken, RSVP Relationship Expert and Psychologist, available for interview.

Relationship success – sharing domestic duties more important than money or religion
Sex on par with intelligence, while morals are as important as humour
11 June 2015: When evaluating a partner’s suitability for a long-term relationship, willingness to share household duties is more important than religion, career aspirations and income, according to the sixth annual RSVP Date of the Nation Report. 
The RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2015*, surveyed more than 3,300 Australians, exploring the factors considered to be most critical when evaluating whether someone has long-term potential.
“It’s not surprising that personality, sense of humour, morals, manners, shared interests, sexual chemistry and intelligence make up the top factors that singles consider when evaluating someone’s long-term potential,” said John Aiken, RSVP Relationship Expert and Psychologist. “It is interesting to see that willingness to share domestic duties is the next most important factor for relationship success, ranking above many others including outlook on kids, career aspirations, religious beliefs, income or ethnic background.”
% of Australian singles that rate the factor as important when identifying a suitable partner:
  1. Personality (88%)
  2. Morals (86%) / Sense of humour (86%)
  3. Manners (84%)
  4. Shared interests (82%)
  5. Sexual chemistry (77%) / Intelligence (77%)
  6. Willingness to share household duties (69%)
  7. Age (67%)
  8. Similar outlook on kids (66%)
  9. Social skills (65%)
  10. Looks (62%)
  11. Body Type (53%)
  12. Career Aspirations (46%)
  13. Fashion sense (39%)
  14. Religious beliefs (37%) / Income (37%)
  15. Ethnic background (34%)
Although more women are concerned about sharing domestic work, the research shows it is important to both sexes. 64% of single men and 74% of single women rate willingness to share household duties as important.
Aiken continued; "Sharing household duties is a clear sign of fairness, equality and respect for your partner. It’s a wonderful, practical way to create a sense of team in your relationship.
“The Report also reveals that the importance of sharing household duties increases with age. 18 to 29 year olds are the least concerned with household duties but this is likely to be relative to their level of responsibility and investment when it comes to household arrangements.”
% of single Australians that rate sharing domestic duties as important:
  • 64% of 18 to 29 year olds
  • 70% of 30 to 39 year olds
  • 68% of 40 to 49 year olds
  • 71% of 50 to 59 year olds
  • 77% of over 60 years olds
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* About the RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2015
Identifying key dating and relationship trends, the results are weighted to the Australian population and explore everything from how Australian singles are meeting new partners, who should pay for dinner, when to take the relationship between the sheets and views on marriage and kids.
The research was commissioned by RSVP and conducted by Nielsen.  More than 3,300 Australians were surveyed in February 2015. This is the sixth year of the study.
About RSVP
RSVP is Australia’s most successful online dating platform. Nielsen research** shows 25% of Australians who met their current or most recent partner online, did so on RSVP.
The RSVP platform is designed to help singles find genuine matches for real dates and authentic connections with other singles who are serious about dating. Research** shows one in four singles are not actually interested in a relationship, RSVP helps Australian singles find the ones that are. 1 in 3 Australians who used RSVP as their only online dating site found a long-term relationship, got married or entered into a de-facto relationship through the site.
Across the site and mobile apps, more than 1,000 new members sign up and over 60,000 RSVP Kisses are sent between members every day. RSVP’s membership mirrors the natural population spread and 75% of members are located in metropolitan areas. Membership is split evenly between males and females. 
Launched in 1997, RSVP pioneered online dating in Australia. Over its 18-year history, RSVP has helped nearly 5 million Australians meet other singles for dating, romance and relationships.
** 3,316 Australians surveyed by Nielsen in February 2015. Results weighted to the population.