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31% Have Had a Lost Wallet Returned to Them

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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