3 Modern Dating Dealbreakers: Do These Make Your List?

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Do income, education and career matter to you when seeking a partner?

It's 2012, so we're long beyond the archaic concept that men should be breadwinners in a relationship, right?

Eh, maybe not.

We could debate the reasons why all day, but when it comes down to it, some women just feel as though they need a "protector" for a partner. Whether they're aware of it or not, ladies are more likely to last long term with a guy who meets certain requirements in terms of income, education and career trajectory, at least according to a recent survey from It's Just Lunch. The dating website polled more than 1,600 people and found some interesting — and potentially controversial — results. Based on their results, here are three potential dealbreakers when it comes to dating.

Work. Sixty-seven percent of the women surveyed agreed they'd be more likely to date a person that shared her same career path.

School. Just shy of 60 percent of ladies would rather be with a man who has a similar educational history. For example, if she has a bachelor's degree, she'd like for him to have one, too.

Money. Women aren't so decided on this one. For 9 percent of gals, a man who makes far less money than she does is an instant dealbreaker. Another 24 percent admit they'd be a bit concerned, but would likely give it another date or so to "probe about life goals" before cutting him loose.

To add some perspective to their results, It's Just Lunch supported their findings with candid anecdotes from respondents. One participant who had "dated down" claimed the man resented her for making more, and that resentment tarnished the relationship. However, plenty countered this evidence, sharing that they are happy in relationships with these "down" partners.

My boyfriend earns more than I do, but I have a better apartment. I'm working on my Master's degree; he hasn't decided to take that leap — yet. Maybe that's the secret to relationship success — a blend of dating "up" and "down."

Sound off: Do income, education and career matter to you when seeking a partner? In what ways and why?