Many Americans Think Singles Are Discriminated Against

Being single on Valentine’s Day is always a bummer, but it’s not the only time of the year single people feel less than. In fact, many often experience “singlism,” which the Cambridge English dictionary defines as s the “unfair treatment of people who are single.”

So, do folks really think singlism exists? Well, the answer depends. 

A new YouGov poll finds:

  • Overall, 41% of Americans agree that single people face some sort of discrimination.
  • 11% believe they face a “little,” while 31% believe they face “a lot.”
  • 40% don’t think they face any discrimination at all.
  • 51% of unmarried women say singles face discrimination, with 15% saying they experience a lot, and 36% saying they experience a little.
  • 39% of unmarried men say singles face discrimination, with 13% saying they experienced a lot, and 26% saying they experience a little.
  • Married people are more likely to say singlism doesn’t exist, with 49% of unmarried women and 43% of unmarried men saying single people don’t face any discrimination or stigmatization.

Single people tend to pay more money for things like health care, taxes, housing, and other expenditures. Whether not people think that’s fair depends.

  • Overall, 37% of Americans think the fact that married people pay less taxes than singles is unfair, while 36% think it's fair, and 27% are not sure.
  • Meanwhile 38% think it’s unfair singles can’t get health insurance or social security benefits through other people the way marrieds can, while 36% think it’s fair and 26% are unsure.
  • When it comes to housing, married couples tend to be favored over singles.
  • 37% of people think it’s unfair that there’s no legal protection against housing or employment discrimination based on marital status, while 26% think it’s fair.

Source: YouGov

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