Survey Variable: Relationship Status

Figure 1. See also Table A1.

Figure 1 graphs the relationship status variable and shows that a plurality of respondents (45.5%) in the weighted sample are married, with the next largest group being the quarter of respondents (26.4%) who had never been married. There are no answers to be coded as missing values in the variable but it is helpful to recode it into a binary with categories for those who are or are not currently in a long-term relationship. The result of this recoding is presented in Figure 2, which shows that three fifths of respondents (60.7%) are in some form of long-term relationship. The details of the original and recoded variables are presented below Figure 2.

Figure 2. See also Table A2.
Variable nameback_maristat
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories7
Categories to code as missingNone
Cases to code as missing0
Recoded variable nameback_maristat_b
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories2
New and old categories‘No current long-term relationship’ = ‘Separated’
+ ‘Divorced’ + ‘Widowed’ + ‘Never married’

‘Current long-term relationship’ = ‘Married’
+ ‘Living as married’ + ‘Civil Partnership’
Details of the original and recoded relationship status variables.

Published by joegreenwoodhau

Joe Greenwood-Hau is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where he works on the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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