A fifth of households said they have no emergency cash while another 12 per cent said they have less than £250 for a rainy day.
It is generally recommended to build up a minimum of three months take-home pay as a "salary cushion", typically £5,756.
Some 28 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they would be unable to cover rent or mortgage payments if they unexpectedly lost their income.
One in 10 said they would be forced to rely on a credit card, personal loan or an overdraft.
More top news
Addressing an audience in America, the former PM said of Europe's single currency that it was not working "as intended".
The countries lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye in the wake of mass protests against her.
The former presidential candidate, who has herself been the target of false news reports, said such stories had 'real-world consequences'.