A majority of Britons stay in bad relationships rather than confront their partners, a new study suggests.
Polling company YouGov surveyed 2,031 British adults and found that 61 per cent of respondents admitted they had stayed in an unsatisfying relationship for longer than they should have. By contrast, only six per cent claimed they had broken up with a partner quickly once they realised their relationship would not work.
Respondents were questioned about their reaction to certain behaviours which indicate a bad relationship such as infidelity, dishonesty, lack of contact or mood swings. As many as 68 per cent said they had put up with such behaviour from a partner and remained in the relationship.
More than a third of those surveyed – 37 per cent – said they had stayed with partner who had not given their feelings much consideration and 23 per cent admitted they had maintained a relationship with someone who lied to them.
Around 14 per cent of respondents said they had not broken up with an unfaithful partner. Men were apparently more forgiving of infidelity than women. Only 57 per cent of men said such behaviour would cause them to end a relationship, compared to 73 per cent of women.
The survey was conducted on behalf of financial service TransferWise.