New York, NY, January 25, 2018 —A new CreditCards.com report using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel Plus found that nearly one out of five Americans who are in a live-in relationship, that is twenty-nine million Americans, are currently hiding a checking, savings, or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner; another 3%, or five million Americans, used to hide such an account from their current romantic partner, but no longer do. Moreover, one-fifth of Americans believe that keeping a secret bank or credit card account is worse in severity than physical cheating, and this opinion generally rises with age.
About the Study
The study was conducted online in Ipsos' Omnibus using the web-enabled “KnowledgePanel Plus,” a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the US general population, not just the online population. The sample consists of 1,000 nationally representative interviews among adults aged 18+, including 636 who are currently married or living with a partner, conducted between December 14-16, 2018. The margin of error for the full sample is +/-3 percentage points.
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Do you now have – or have you ever had – a credit card, checking account or savings account that your spouse or partner doesn’t know about, or not?
• Yes, currently do
• Yes, used to
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Keeping a credit card, checking account or savings account secret from a partner/spouse is worse than cheating physically.
• Strongly agree
• Somewhat agree
• Neither agree nor disagree
• Somewhat disagree
• Strongly disagree
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