One-sixth of double-income couples suffer stress because of the income gap between spouses, a straw poll suggests. According to a poll conducted by wage information website Open Salary and research firm Embrain, 15.4 percent of 494 salaried workers questioned said they feel it is stressful to earn less money than their spouses.
That was especially evident among men, with 24.3 percent, compared to just 8.5 percent who were troubled by earning more than their wives. In case of women, 40.9 percent replied that earning more than their husbands stresses them, as against 15.3 percent who were bothered by earning less.
The poll also suggests that 13 percent of double-income couples have had conflicts due to the income gap between them. Some 35.9 percent said they often got emotional and had arguments over the issue, and 31.3 percent replied decision-making power was relative to income. As for managing the household budget, 67.2 percent of respondents said the wife takes care of it, 17.1 percent said the husband does, and 15.5 percent said it was jointly managed.