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Should men always pay on the first date?

More than 6,100 members of free dating site Smooch.com were asked who should pay on a first date, and 55 per cent believed that it is the man’s duty to pay, even in these cash-strapped times. Most of the remaining 43 per cent decided it is best to split the bill.

Only 44 per cent of women believe a man should pay, compared to 64 per cent of men. Not all men surveyed felt a similar obligation, with 3 per cent of the men surveyed actually expecting their date to pay the bill.

A slight majority of women believe the bill should be split (55 per cent of women compared to 33 per cent of men).

Today we ask, should men always pay on the first date?