Would You Leave Your Spouse and Family for a Better Job? More Men Say Yes

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Patting Ralph, your golden retriever, on the head and saying a last goodbye is one thing. Kissing your spouse farewell quite another. But if means a better paying job in a new city, men are much more likely to leave behind pets, girlfriends, elderly parents – and even their spouse or partner – than women.

New research released by YouGov reveals 43% of men would leave their significant other behind for a "much better job," compared to only 31% of women. More than one in five (21%) of men would leave behind their spouse, while only 14% of women would.

And sorry, Ralph the dog – half of men are quick to let go of their furry friends. Only 29% of women would forsake their pets for a permanent work promotion.

Even a temporary move to a new city sparks a significant division in gender decisions. Nearly one in four (38%) men are willing to leave their spouse behind for the time being, compared to 24% of women.

But don't worry, the odds of either a temporary or permanent relocation to gain a better job seems slimmer than ever. Only about 12% of Americans have moved in recent years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a record low. And most moves, nearly two-thirds, are "local" – within the same county.

Research conducted by Raven Molloy and Christopher Smith of the Federal Reserve Board and Abigail Wozniak from Notre Dame says the reason Americans are moving less is due to a simple fact: better jobs making a long distance move financially worthwhile are harder to find. According to the study, the U.S. workforce is changing jobs less frequently because compensation incentives are lower than in the past.

The latest Census Bureau information says that of the Americans who reported moving between 2012 and 2013, nearly half (48%) were seeking better – or cheaper – housing. Nearly one-third (30%) relocated for family-related reasons, such as a change in marital status or to establish their own household. Only 19% moved for job-related reasons.