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Q: research on : how often pople lie. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: research on : how often pople lie.
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: qpet-ga
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Posted: 01 Jan 2003 20:24 PST
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Question ID: 136240
Research on: how often do people lie? If possible in seperate categories for age
income so on.
Subject: Re: research on : how often pople lie.
Answered By: jbf777-ga on 01 Jan 2003 22:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings -
I've found a number of sources on the web that have statistics.  I
tried to pick the most credible-looking ones, as some had conflicting
information.  I felt it best to quote directly.  If you need any
additional information/clarification, please ask before rating this
answer.  Thank you.
"The book The Day America Told the Truth says that 91 percent of those
surveyed lie routinely about matters they consider trivial, and 36
percent lie about important matters; 86 percent lie regularly to
parents, 75 percent to friends, 73 percent to siblings, and 69 percent
to spouses."
"Profile your Spouse, Lover, Boyfriend, Girlfriend"
"According to Dr. Michael Lewis of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School in New Jersey, "In a single day, most people lie a minimum of
25 times." It's very hard to tell when someone is lying," says
Feldman. He says some indicators of deception, like facial and body
language, could merely be signs of anxiety or nervousness that have
nothing to do with lying."
"Study finds widespread lying, cheating among U.S. teens" by AP
"Seven in 10 students surveyed admitted cheating on a test at least
once in the past year, and nearly half said they had done so more than
once, according to the nonprofit Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of
Ethics. The "Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth" found that
92 percent of the 8,600 students surveyed lied to their parents in the
past year. Seventy-eight percent said they had lied to a teacher, and
more than one in four said they would lie to get a job."
"In a Society Confused About Honesty, a Growing Number of Americans
Think It's Ok to Cheat" by Lauren Beckham Falcone (9/25/00)
Boston Herald
"One out of every four adults in the United States thinks it's OK to
lie to get ahead."
Fast Company (August-September, 1997)
"93% of Americans admit to lying at work."  
New Poll: Doctors Lie To Protect Patient Privacy (7/31/01)
"19 percent of doctors in a 344-doctor survey admit to lying to
protect a patient's privacy, according to Association of American
Physicians and Surgeons" (AAPS)
"Half of Americans Repeatedly Struggle with Debt" (3/21/02)
"Ten percent (9.8 percent) of American adults admit to lying,
minimizing or rationalizing to family members or others to conceal
spending according to a survey conducted by "Myvesta" using a random
sample of 1,000 adult Americans from Feb. 1 through Feb. 13, 2002. "
"Consumer Privacy Concerns Aren’t Easing"
"Recent studies by Andersen Consulting⁄Vanderbilt and by the Pew
Charitable Trusts find that: Almost a third (1/3) [of Internet users]
admit to lying on online forms at commercial websites because they
were (a) distrustful of how their data would be used, (b) avoiding
junk mail or (c) anxious to remain anonymous while browsing online"
Additional Links: 
Some charts and graphs on the topic can be found here:
Search Terms [different combinations]:
percent "admit +to lying"
study lying cheating percent
"lying +at work"
GA Researcher

Request for Answer Clarification by qpet-ga on 02 Jan 2003 07:05 PST
A lot of good information-thank you. Is there any info on trends over
the last few decades?(since World War 2)

Clarification of Answer by jbf777-ga on 02 Jan 2003 14:27 PST
Hi -
I haven't been able to find any thing except for the following, which
really only indicates one decade.  I've got a call into a magazine
that specializes in trends, and I'll let you know if they have any
PC Leftism takes hold
"In a new poll of 12,000 high school students conducted by the
Josephson Institute of Ethics, 74 percent of students admit they
cheated on an exam in the past year. (This is up from 61 percent who
admitted to cheating in the last survey 10 years ago.)  Similarly, 83
percent of students admit to lying to a teacher in the past year; this
contrasts to 69 percent 10 years ago."
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