Gallup poll: 32 percent keep a household budget

It was an oft-invoked image on last year’s campaign trail: The typical American couple, sitting around the kitchen table making a budget to ensure their bills were paid and spending hadn’t gotten out of control. Candidates of both parties decried the federal government for failing to complete this most basic of financial tasks, citing a growing national debt and wide deficit as evidence of fiscal irresponsibility. Turns out, most Americans don’t do it either. A poll from Gallup shows that 32 per...

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