NEW YORK - A Reuters poll conducted by Ipsos found that one-fifth of adults would rather spend the day with their pet than their spouse or partner.
The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found 21 percent of adults would rather spend a day with their pet than their spouse, although the French were least likely to choose a furry friend over a human, with only 10 percent taking that option.
The survey found that age and income were more of a determining factor than nationality, with younger, less affluent people more likely to choose their pets.
Men and women were evenly split over the question.
"Likely defying stereotype, the desire to spurn a partner for a pet is not rooted in gender but rather age and even there it seems the older you are, the least likely it is you'd choose pet over partner," said Wright.
On a country-by-country basis, residents of Turkey were the most likely, at 49 percent, to choose their pet over their spouse or partner.
Next came India with 41 percent, then Japan with 30 percent, China with 29 percent, the United States with 27 percent and Australia with 25 percent.
On the other hand, the nations where residents were the least likely to want to spend the day with a pet instead of their spouse or partner were France at 10 percent, Mexico 11 percent, the Netherlands 12 percent and Hungary at 12 percent.