- Women find financial responsibility (96%) more attractive in assessing a romantic partner than physical attractiveness (87%) or career ambition (87%)
- Women view a person who "is financially responsible" and "pays bills on time" (95% and 92%) as the top two financial attributes when evaluating a romantic prospect's attractiveness.
- Collectively, men and women view "spends beyond means" and "has debt" (88% and 52%) as the least attractive attributes.
- Nearly half of the respondents (48%) discuss their credit score with a romantic prospect or partner, and 39% discuss it within the first year of a relationship.
- Women are more likely to factor credit scores into their dating decisions, with 30% of women surveyed indicating they would not marry someone with a poor credit score.
- 20% of men also said they would not marry someone with a low credit score.
By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- You may only be a "5" when it comes to looks, but women love you because you're really a 750. We're talking about what may be a critical measurement to a successful love life: your credit score. That big number can be more important than looks, according to a new survey from freecreditscore.com. And it's not just women that want to know how well-endowed a potential mate is financially -- both men and women view financial responsibility as a key component of appeal. Nearly all women (96%) say financial responsibility is paramount, with good looks a runner up at 87%. For men it's a tighter race, with 92% favoring attractiveness to money management skills (91%). Collectively, financial responsibility is second only to personal compatibility when sizing up a potential romantic partner.