How Honest Are We?

11:09 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Last week we told you about an informal survey taking place in Buffalo to test the Queen City's honesty.

A company called Honest Tea put out a beverage stand by Buffalo's waterfront where people paid a dollar on the honor system for a drink.  But someone was secretly watching and keeping track of how many people paid and how many did not.

Now the results are in, here in Buffalo, we scored 90% honest, just below the New York state score of 91%.  Alabama and Hawaii were at the top of the list with 100%!

Also according to the test:

• Washington, D.C. was the least honest location in the experiment with 80 percent of participants paying for their beverage.
• Overall, women are more honest than men (95% vs. 91%)
• Unlike last year where redheads were most honest, in 2013 blonds were the most honest (95%) and followed by brunettes (93%) and then redheads (92%).
• The longer your hair, the more honest you are. People with short hair were 91% honest, vs. people with medium and long hair (93% and 94% honest, respectively).
• People in groups (96% honest) tend to be more honest than people on their own (91% honest).

Overall, 92% of Americans paid for the drinks.

State  / % HONEST
Alabama 100%
Hawaii 100%
Indiana 99%
Maine 99%
Iowa 98%
Nevada 98%
Oklahoma 98%
Tennessee 98%
Alaska 96%
Arkansas 96%
California 96%
Nebraska 96%
New Jersey 96%
North Dakota 96%
Oregon 96%
Washington 96%
Ohio 95%
Vermont 95%
Virginia 95%
Illinois 94%
Minnesota 94%
South Carolina 94%
Wyoming 94%
Colorado 93%
Georgia 93%
Massachusetts 93%
Montana 93%
New Hampshire 93%
Rhode Island 93%
Wisconsin 93%
Florida 92%
Michigan 92%
Missouri 92%
New York 91%
Pennsylvania 91%
Idaho 90%
Kansas 90%
New Mexico 90%
North Carolina 90%
South Dakota 90%
Connecticut 89%
Maryland 89%
Delaware 88%
Utah 88%
Kentucky 87%
Texas 87%
West Virginia 85%
District of Columbia 80%
Louisiana *
Arizona *
Mississippi *
* Not large enough Sample Size

Total Average 92%

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