What Couples Argue About

The economic downturn has yielded an upswing in domestic discord, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs/PayPal survey released this month. The polling, fielded in December, found 43 percent of U.S. respondents saying the recession “has caused them to argue more often” with their significant other. Ipsos suggests in its own analysis of the findings that volatility in the “power dynamic” between partners plays a role, as job losses or salary cuts have upset the usual balance of domestic power in many households.

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