2016 Presidential Credit Score Survey
To what extent does financial savvy reflect political prognostication capabilities? And what does the sophistication of a given candidate’s supporters indicate about that person’s appeal, odds of winning the White House and ultimate ability to lead the country?
Every four years, the pulse of the nation is taken via presidential election – a process that serves as a referendum on certain personalities, policies and social trends. And while the bulk of the attention is rightfully paid to the candidates themselves, there remains a great deal that we can learn about the very voters supporting them and thus each candidate’s message. One issue in particular, personal finance, encapsulates the economic struggles endured by much of the populous in recent years and can, in turn, be condensed into an easily digestible three-digit number known as a credit score.
In this nationally representative survey, we asked people who they plan to vote for, what their credit score is and even how they stand on controversial issues such as climate change, which have also loomed large this campaign season. Hopefully, the results will provide voters with a helpful basis for comparison. And if you’re interested in seeing how your credit score stacks up against each candidate’s supporters, you can check it for free on WalletHub.
Credit Scores and Presidential Candidates
- Almost 60% of John Kasich supporters have excellent credit scores – the highest percentage of any candidate. Marco Rubio supporters came in second, at 58%.
- Almost 26% of Hillary Clinton supporters have bad credit, the most of any candidate. She is followed by supporters of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, at 22% and 20%, respectively.
- When it comes to fair credit, Ted Cruz has the most supporters in that credit range (almost 1 out of 5).
Climate Change and Presidential Candidates
- 97% of Bernie Sanders supporters believe climate change is real, followed by 96% of Hillary Clinton supporters.
- Only 50% of Ted Cruz supporters and 65% of Donald Trump supporters believe in climate change.
Climate Change and Credit Scores
- The average credit score of someone who believes climate change is real is 689, whereas those that do not believe it is have an average credit score of 707.
We conducted this survey between March 9 and March 13, 2016, using a nationally representative online panel of 765 participants. After all responses were collected, we normalized the data so the panel would reflect U.S. demographics.
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