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Relationships in America Survey (2014)




Regnerus, M. (2021, January 7). Relationships in America Survey (2014).


This survey provides a broad overview of the social forces that shape American society and documents trends that affect individual and familial well-being. It asks respondents about a wide variety of human-interest topics, from their participation in religious services and religious beliefs, to questions about their attitudes regarding marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and other family forms, to specifics about sexual behavior, abuse, and domestic violence.

The ARDA has added five additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 15738
Variables: 215
Weight Variable: WEIGHT1, WEIGHT2, WEIGHT3

For more detailed information on weight variables and the weighting procedure, please refer to the GfK methodology report.

Data Collection


Original Survey (Instrument)

Relationships in America Survey (2014)

Funded By

The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

Collection Procedures

Respondents receive an email notification indicating that a survey is available. It contains a link and sends them to the survey questionnaire. For more information regarding data collection, refer to the GfK survey methodology report.

Sampling Procedures

GfK recruited the first online research panel that is representative of the entire U.S. population. Panel members are randomly recruited through probability-based sampling, and households are provided with access to the Internet and hardware, if needed.

GfK recruits panel members by using address-based sampling methods (formerly GfK relied on random-digit dialing methods). Once household members are recruited for the panel and assigned to a study sample, they are notified by email for survey-taking, or panelists can visit their online member page for survey-taking (instead of being contacted by telephone or postal mail). This allows surveys to be fielded quickly and economically. In addition, this approach reduces the burden placed on respondents, since email notification is less intrusive than telephone calls, and most respondents find answering Internet questionnaires more interesting and engaging than being questioned by a telephone interviewer. Furthermore, respondents have the freedom to choose what time of day to complete their assigned survey.

The Relationships in America survey was conducted in both English and Spanish. Of those contacted, 62 percent completed the survey. To increase completion rates, GfK contacted potential respondents three and six days after the survey was fielded to remind them to complete the survey.

In order to correct for biases that may be introduced by non-response, Knowledge Networks provides survey weights so that each sample is representative of the nation as a whole. Appropriate survey weights were used in every estimate in this report, unless otherwise indicated.

Principal Investigators

Mark Regnerus
Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

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