01/07/2016 12:54 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

AP-WE tv Poll: Americans say clean break with ex is best but many don't follow through

WASHINGTON — Most Americans think making a clean break with an ex helps speed the healing process after a breakup, according to a new Associated Press-WE tv poll. But not all of them are listening to their own advice.

Six in 10 think cutting off contact with an ex is very helpful for getting over a breakup, and about the same percentage say it's usually not worth it to try to stay friends with an ex.

But just over half of those who have ever experienced a breakup say they've personally stayed friends with a former flame.

Over 4 in 10 have broken up with someone only to get back together again, and more than a third have slept with an ex.

Emily Swanson, The Associated Press