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Love and FICO score?

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Posted: 2 p.m.

In a new Valentine's survey from myFICO, women were twice as likely to say that an excellent FICO score is the most important characteristic in a date. Granted, the respondents were 1,500 myFICO customers.

Thankfully, "great personality" trumped all other desired traits. Just 3 percent of women said appearance mattered most, compared with 18 percent of men.

For the most part, consumers are tolerant of partners with scores that fall short of great. Nearly 60 percent said they preferred a date to have a FICO score between 550 and 700, which is basically a range from bad to good.

Yet a bad credit score might come up as a topic early on in the relationship for some -- 54 percent of women and 51 percent of men said finances should be discussed just a month into the courtship.

How about you? On the scale of importance, where does your date's credit score rank?

Check out the rest of the survey results.

Questions? Comments? E-mail plastic_rap@bankrate.com.

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