Sunday, September 29, 2013
Most Americans believe honesty is the best policy when they find a lost wallet or get extra change at the store but few have been on the receiving end of such honesty.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of American Adults say they have returned a lost wallet that they have found, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey. Eighteen percent (18%) admit they have not done so, while 11% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But just one-in-three adults (31%) say they have had a lost wallet returned to them. Sixty percent (60%) have not been so lucky.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) say if someone gives them more change than they are entitled to when making a purchase, they give back the extra money.
These findings have changed little in surveys since August 2010.
Overall, Americans are a bit less trusting of each other these days. Seventy percent (70%) say the average American is less honest now, up from 65% three years ago.
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