The decline of marriage According to a new Pew Research survey, Americans today are less likely to be married than at any time in the nation’s history. Rates have declined for all groups, but they’ve fallen most sharply among those on the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder. Even as marriage shrinks, family remains the most important and most satisfying element in the lives of most Americans. Read the rest of the report from the Pew Research Center. 2010-11-19 2010-11-19 A_Hill