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MOST RUSSIANS BELIEVE REAL LOVE HAPPENS ONLY ONCE

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - More than half of Russians, 52 percent, believe that real love happens only once in a lifetime, while 37 percent disagree, according to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion fund in the run-up to St. Valentine's Day.

The survey was conducted in 100 towns in 44 regions of Russia via home interviews with 1,500 respondents and additional questionnaires for 600 Muscovites. The margin of error did not exceed 3.6 percent.

The poll shows that people over 35 are inclined to believe that real love happens only once 1.5 times as often as the young, but there are no significant differences between opinions of men and women.

Two thirds of the respondents (66 percent) say it is impossible to really love two people at once, while 22 percent say it can happen. Respondents under 35 who believe it is possible total 30 percent. Among those over 35, 15 percent expressed the same opinion. Men more often then women (26 versus 17 percent) say that it is possible to love two people at a time.

Remarkably, half of the respondents that think it is possible to love two people agree that real love can happen only once (on the whole, every tenth respondent agrees with both statements).