90% of British men would say yes to a leap year proposal

British men have shown that they are more comfortable breaking with tradition than their female counterparts when it comes to getting down on one knee, as over 90% said they would accept if their partner asked them to marry them.

Only 1% of men surveyed thought a woman popping the question was totally unacceptable, while 10% said they would accept but would feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Just over 0.5% of all women said they had definite plans to propose this leap day.

The poll by four-star hotel group QHotels found that 67% of women thought it was completely acceptable for a woman to propose to a man, while a further 23% thought it was fine, but would never do it.

Men from London were the most likely to reject a proposal this February 29th, with 11% saying they would give an outright no and less than 70% saying they would accept without hesitation or feeling embarrassed

QHotels carried out the survey to discover couples' leap year proposals plans.

  • Of those people in relationships, but not already engaged or married, 31% said they were planning on popping the question in 2016, with 28% of women saying that that they were contemplating making a leap year proposal.
  • Nationally, almost seven in ten (69%) people would spend up to £200 to achieve the perfect proposal, with £284 being the average amount people were prepared to spend (excluding the cost of the ring)
  • The most popular place to ask for someone's hand would be in a personal 'romantic setting' at 51%, followed by at home (25%), and then on a holiday or shortbreak
  • And for those people desperate to 'get a ring on it' this year, if you're still waiting to be asked in June, you'll probably be waiting for a while. A massive 72% of people who were planning a 2016 proposal said that they are planning to have made it by the end of May.

Claire Rowland, Director of Marketing at QHotels, commented: "We pride ourselves on taking inspiration from our guests and we're seeing more proposals at our hotels than ever before. So we decided to find out a bit more about how Brits are planning to pop the question this leap year.

"The research showed that most couples want to create a unique, romantic setting that is personal to them and short breaks and getaways were the third most popular option for getting down on one knee, which means our beautiful and historic hotels make the perfect venues. As well as the leap year research we've been asking people to share their proposal stories with us on social media using #shesaidyes and #isaidyes, judging by how many men would say yes if their partner asked them to get married, we'll also be asking for #hesaidyes stories as well."

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