Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Most Americans still think their fellow citizens are honest, but even more agree that Americans aren’t as honest as they used to be.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of American Adults believe most Americans are basically honest. That’s up slightly from 52% in August 2010, the first time we asked the question. But 25% don’t think most Americans are honest, and 17% more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on August 17-18, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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