Infographic: Most people won't discuss credit card debt

It's a more-uncomfortable topic than sex, religion, politics

Credit card debt is the subject people least want to discuss with a stranger, according to a poll fielded in March 2013 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

Credit card debt, which 85 percent of respondents said they were "unlikely" or "somewhat unlikely" to discuss, narrowly beat out love life details (at 84 percent) as the most uncomfortable topic. This mirrors's findings in its 2008 survey, when 80 percent of respondents said they were not comfortable talking about debt. In both surveys, other topics that consumers would be more at ease discussing than debt included salary, housing costs, health problems, weight, politics and religious views.

Young people are a bit more open about debt, according to the survey, which polled 1,005 interview subjects by random-digit dialing both land lines and cellphones. While 87 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 said they'd be reluctant to discuss credit card debt, 79 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said the same.

Card debt taboo topic

See related: Poll: Card debt the No. 1 taboo subject

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Updated: 01-16-2019