Relationships are most likely to end in marriage if you met your partner at work, a new survey claims.
Fourteen per cent of the respondents in the poll of 2,000 people had met their eventual partner through work , and 11 per cent through friends. Those who were already friends with their partners before they began a relationship came next on the list.
Others met their eventual spouses through university or via online dating.
Just over 50 per cent said the way in which you meet a person will affect the success or failure of the relationship. Twenty per cent said they had refused to pursue a relationship because they thought the circumstances in which they had met the other person meant it was doomed to failure.
Respondents cited pubs, nightclubs, parties and holidays as amongst the ways of meeting someone least likely to lead to a long term relationship.
Twenty five per cent of those currently in a relationship said they returned to significant locations on anniversaries or at other special times.
The survey was commissioned to mark the release of the eighth season of sitcom How I Met Your Mother on DVD.