Calling on Cupid: Men More Likely to Fear Being Single on Valentine's Day Finds Harris Poll

  Calling on Cupid: Men More Likely to Fear Being Single on Valentine's Day
                              Finds Harris Poll

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NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Magazines, TV shows and movies would
have us believe that women's feelings about Valentine's Day are tied to their
Facebook relationship status, and that those who are unattached arrange a date
with Ben & Jerry to bemoan being single on February 14^th. However, according
to Harris Poll findings from an online survey of 2,278 U.S. adults between
January 17 and 22, 2013, conducted by Harris Interactive, the tables may have
turned. One in four (24%) men say they would rather have a root canal than be
single on Valentine's Day, compared with only 16% of women.


Young Love 

Age also played a role in how likely people were to say that they'd rather
endure a little pain than the prospect of a Valentine's spent solo. 27% of
U.S. adults ages 18-35 said they'd choose the root canal, compared with 17% of
those ages 36-66 and 14% of those 67 and older.

  oWhen they are coupled up, millennials are also slightly more likely to see
    the holiday as an opportunity to open the lines of communication.

       o55% of adults ages 18-35 agreed that they see Valentine's as an
         opportunity to communicate more with their significant other,
         compared with 47% of those 36-47, 50% of baby boomers (48-66), and
         45% of those 67+.

  oYounger generations, perhaps not surprisingly, are also more likely to say
    they expect to get lucky this Valentine's Day.

       o59% of those age 36-47 and 57% of those 18-35 indicate they will
         probably get lucky on Valentine's Day, compared with 46% of people
         age 48-66 and 25% of those 67 or older.

  oWhat is a bit more shocking is that moms and dads are making more time for
    nookie: 60% of adults with children under 18 in their household anticipate
    getting lucky on Valentine's Day, compared with only 44% of those without
    children at home.

What Women Want

Forget the heart-shaped box of chocolates, guys. Flowers rank as the number
one gift women would most like to receive (16%) and men are most likely to
give (25%) on Valentine's, but things veer off course a bit from there.

  oJewelry and candy tie for second place as the gift men are most likely to
    give, both at 11%.

       oAmong women, however, a day of pampering (14%) is the second
         highest-ranked gift they would like to receive. Of those, half are
         bound to be disappointed as only 7% of men plan to present their
         sweetheart with a gift card to the local spa.
       oJewelry ranks third among women, with 13% saying it's what they'd
         most like to unwrap.

  oOne in 10 women hope for a little help around the house come V day, but
    they're likely to be disappointed. Though 10% of women identify a
    housecleaner for a month as the gift they'd most like to receive, less
    than 1% of men are planning to hire an extra set of hands to pick up the
    cleaning duties.

Sweet Tooth

While candy may not have topped women's wish lists, over one-third of
Americans (34%) do have plans to purchase something sweet to celebrate the day
of love. Though pink and red M&M's and conversation hearts displaying messages
of love both have their place, Hershey's wins out as the top brand candy
buyers intend to purchase this year (30%). Here's how likely candy shoppers
say they are to purchase the following brands this Valentine's Day:

  oHershey's - 30%
  oRussell Stover - 27%
  oGodiva - 24%
  oM&M/Mars - 21%
  oGhirardelli - 20%
  oLindt - 17%
  oNestle - 11%
  oCadbury - 9%
  oSee's Candies - 8%
  oBrach's - 8%

For more information, or to view the full findings and data tables, please
visit the Harris Poll News Room.

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between January
17 and 22, 2013 among 2,278 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex,
race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where
necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the
population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
respondents' propensity to be online.

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that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different
probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates.
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The Harris Poll^® #7, February 11, 2013

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