In this poll, 62 percent of adults said that sharing household chores is very important to marital success.There were no differences of opinion reported between men and women, between older adults and younger adults, or between married people and singles.Hanging up the telephone, she goes into the kitchen to start preparing a meal.
Other couples, however, appeared to carry out tasks separately or in collaboration without much tension or discussion.
In the United States, ambiguity in division of household responsibilities between working couples often results in ongoing negotiations, resentment, and tension.
According to a 2007 Pew Research Poll, sharing household chores was in the top three highest-ranking issues associated with a successful marriage—third only to faithfulness and good sex.
Travis, the father of two boys ages two and a half and eight, laments the constant demand of "managing someone else's needs," specifically, being unable to fulfill the "demands" of his wife, which often comes at the expense of his own health.
He talks about his concerns as he spontaneously interviews himself in front of a video camera, which we provided to him for conducting a self-guided home tour: You'll notice when I'm walking around the house that, um, there's basically very little respite for me.