Married, single people differ in views on relationships, money

Everyone cares about money, but married people see more financial red flags

Ask a married American what advice they’d give someone seeking a mate and they might suggest an extra dose of caution in the financial department.

That’s one upshot of Country Financial’s February 2016 survey on money and relationships, in which married respondents were more likely than single respondents to see red flags in a potential partner’s financial situation.

More than 80 percent of married respondents said they’d be concerned with the amount of debt a partner brings to the relationship, while 62 percent said a low credit score would put them on alert. Fewer single respondents were concerned, at 73 and 52 percent, respectively. Perhaps this is because 6 in 10 married respondents reported experiencing financial tension in their romantic relationships, as compared to only 41 percent who are single.

For their part, single respondents identified three deal breakers when choosing a partner: a lack of interest in managing their money (50 percent), poor spending habits (43 percent), and carrying a large amount of debt (40 percent). A majority of single respondents (57 percent) also indicated they’d prefer dating a college graduate with more than $30,000 in student loan debt than someone who doesn't hold a college degree.

A new edition of the Country Financial Security Index is compiled every month by the research company GfK, using responses from 1,000 U.S. adults.

See related: When good credit marries bad, it takes work

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Updated: 03-23-2019