How much do we know about the wallets of the supporters of the Presidential candidates? Credit Sesame set out to understand just that. The personal finance website has seven million users and recently polled more than 1,500 of them to develop a financial profile of the supporters of each candidate.
Surprisingly, the supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a lot in common when it comes to their money. The difference in median credit scores of followers of the two camps is just two points. Trump supporters have a median credit score of 660, while Clinton supporters' have a 658 score. (By the way, any score 670 or below is considered subprime.)
Supporters of both candidates have an average of three credit cards. Hillary's followers have a credit card balance of $1,690, versus $1,469 for The Donald's followers. Twelve percent of supporters in both camps have filed bankruptcy.
Senator Marco Rubio's followers have the highest median credit scores, while Sen. Ted Cruz' supporters have the lowest at 653.
Despite promises by Senator Bernie Sanders and Clinton to promote more widespread college debt forgiveness, the candidate with the largest proportion of supporters with college debt is Rubio. Forty-seven percent of his supporters said they had college debt. Among Sanders supporters, the number is 41 percent.
Forty-one percent of Cruz followers have a mortgage, but among those who have a mortgage the highest balances belong to Sanders' camp. Trump's voters are least likely to have a mortgage at 21 percent, and of those who do, their balances are the lowest at $116,000. Overall, Trump voters seem to avoid debt the most money, but that isn't leading them to have the best credit scores in the pack.
Rubio's followers skew the wealthiest, with the largest proportion of supporters earning $100,000 and up, while income in Sander's camp tends to be clustered in the $25,000 to $75,000 range.