Global views on divorce 2013

This statistic depicts the global views on divorce as of 2013. Half or more people in India, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, and Ghana say that getting a divorce is morally unacceptable. In contrast, relatively few hold this view in Egypt (7%), Germany (7%), Jordan (6%), France (5%) and Spain (4%).

The divorce rate in the United States can be accessed here.

Do you personally believe that getting a divorce is morally acceptable, unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?

CountryNot a moral issueAcceptableUnacceptable
Ghana 2%10%80%
Uganda 6%9%76%
Pakistan 5%10%73%
Philippines 7%25%67%
Nigeria 12%12%61%
Kenya 13%17%59%
Indonesia 10%20%57%
India 10%18%53%
Bolivia 10%29%49%
El Salvador 9%30%48%
Tunisia 22%16%46%
Malaysia 22%16%45%
South Africa 15%16%40%
Mexico 16%41%33%
Senegal 16%35%32%
Turkey 24%32%27%
South Korea 29%32%25%
China 18%45%25%
Brazil 10%62%24%
Venezuela 8%58%24%
Israel 34%33%23%
Palestinian ter. 27%27%23%
Poland 24%35%22%
Russia 13%46%22%
United States 36%33%22%
Greece 28%42%19%
Italy 23%48%18%
Chile 16%64%17%
Argentina 20%60%17%
Japan 27%55%13%
Czech Republic 21%60%11%
Britain 42%41%9%
Australia 43%43%9%
Lebanon 28%48%9%
Canada 47%37%9%
Egypt 30%51%7%
Germany 32%58%7%
Jordan 29%54%6%
France 52%43%5%
Spain 37%57%4%
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Release date

April 2014



Survey time period


Number of respondents

700-100 participants per country

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Survey results are based on national samples. The missing percentage points to 100 percent are divided among participants who refused to answer and those who said that the answer would depend on the situation.

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