How long should you wait before saying, “I love you”? According to a newYouGov poll, most people say 1-3 months. 26% of those polled said that was the earliest you should drop those three little words. 17% said you should wait even longer – 4-6 months. 10% said more than a week, less than a month was the appropriate amount of time. Then there were the 6% who said it was fine to say “I love you” in the first week or less of dating.