The online research found that whilst both sexes were concerned about debts of a potential partner, nearly half of women admitted that it could be a deal breaker.
According to the survey carried out by MoneySupermarket, more than two out of five women said they consider the state of a man’s personal finances, when deciding whether to continue with a relationship. And whilst some men confessed that they also took a look at their partner’s bank account when pondering their romantic future, the number was far fewer, with just three in ten agreeing that this would be a factor.
Debt also plays a part in relationships. Out of the 2,010 adults aged over 18 who took part in the online poll, half admitted that a potential partner who had debts would be off-putting, whilst one in three said it would be a significant turn-off. A further 38% said that the amount of debt held by the person they were dating, would play a part in whether the relationship blossomed.
Nearly one in five of survey participants said that the ability of their partner to be able to provide for them financially, was an important consideration.
However, discovering the true extent of a potential partner’s finances could take some serious sleuthing skills, as many people said they kept their debts secret from their other half. Around one in ten insisted they would never reveal details of their financial situation to a loved one, whilst just over one in five said they kept money secretly hidden away. But a brazen 19% bucked the trend, saying they would be happy to tell all about their finances, within a month of meeting a new partner.