Love is like a flock of doves, flying high to heaven above...
When asked how one knows whether he/she is in love or not, roughly half of the singles said there was no definite way of knowing. The other half responded with answers like "you put that person's feelings and needs above your own" and "you want them always to be happy." When asked the same question to the married couples, the majority response of the women was that they could not imagine life without her significant other. Most of the married men said that "you just know."
Religion is an important factor when choosing a partner because six said they would not date a person of a different religion, ten said they would, and four said it depends on how different the religion is. Most of the younger singles said they would date a person with a different religion; the older part of the singles group said they would not. About half of the married people would not because God is an important part of their lives. The other half were split between "yes" and how different the religion is.
Overwhelmingly, half of the people surveyed (six of the singles and four of the married people) said the most important part of a relationship is COMMUNICATION. The second most important aspect is trust and honesty. Putting the other person's well-being above their own and their relationship with God are also important mainly to the married people.
The most important quality a romantic partner should have is to be kind and loving. Again, communication skills are valued as important in a relationship, as well as the other person's trustworthiness. About a third of the married people said being an adherent of the other's religion as an important quality. Other desirable traits were being able to commit, having a sense of humor, their character, fairness, respect for their partner, and intelligence.
On the subject of Romeo and Juliet's romance, eight of the interviwed people said that yes, the two were in love; another eight said that Romeo and Juliet were not. Four people said that they simply did not know.