British men want to find a wealthy woman who works to support them, a dating survey revealed today.

Research into the preferences of 1,000 singletons found the amount of money a potential date earns is important to 84 per cent of men, but just 16 per cent of women.

And the survey for website found 63 per cent of men would be happy to stay at home and relax while partners worked.

But only six per cent of women said they would be prepared to support themselves and a partner.

But 82 per cent of male respondents said they would flash the cash on a date to impress the opposite sex, compared to 18 per cent of women.

And while 87 per cent said they'd never lied about their salary to impress, 74 per cent believed others did with new dates.

Shimrit Elisar, head of marketing at, said: "With high profile women like Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz dating and marrying younger guys, it's no wonder men aspire to have an attractive, rich, older woman.

"The taboo has been broken and we've seen this trend spreading from celebs to members of"

The survey also found the youngest age group (19-21) were more concerned with looks (63 per cent) and none were interested in money. Not one respondent over 43 cited looks. While 95 per cent of women want a more educated man, 80 per cent of men want a woman not as well educated.