Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for January and happy New Year to one and all. What better way is there to begin 2013 than with a poll dedicated to love? In anticipation of Valentine's Day, the questions delve into the intricacies of romantic love and relationships. Surely other kinds of love are just as strong like that of a parent for their child, but it is our fascination with romantic love that has launched a thousand ships and sold more books and movie tickets than you can count.
To paraphrase Saint Paul, "love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, nor boast nor is it proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it keeps no records of wrongs, it rejoices in the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres... and of the three great virtues, faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love." A beautiful sentiment with which to begin this New Year, and now the results of our poll.
Fifty-six percent of Americans believe in love at first sight, and the percentage is even higher for married people and those in relationships, 41 percent do not believe in it. It is often a primal instinct, the concept of "animal attraction" has lead human beings to spectacular success as a procreating species. The addition over time of romantic feelings has helped to civilize and domesticate many people creating some of the organizing foundations for human societies.