AS THE US commemorated ‘National Honesty Day’ last week, language exchange app Tandem polled its members across Europe, Russia and China to compare the differences in honesty around the globe.
Likely to be dishonest to their family were Chinese respondents (38 per cent) while Russians (32 per cent) found it hardest to be honest during school and university and Brits most commonly lie to their colleagues at work (26 per cent).
Nearly half of those Italian respondents (45 per cent) would go so far as to lie about their health to avoid work, as well as over a third of Russians (34 per cent) and Germans (31 per cent).
However, when asked to name the most dishonest of seven top professions including estate agents, lawyers, politicians and journalists, a more unanimous result was declared across the world.
Over half (58 per cent) of all respondents voted politicians the most dishonest; in Spain (86 per cent), Italy (71 per cent), UK (69 per cent), Russia (55 per cent), France (54 per cent) and Germany (53 per cent).
From nation to nation, the most dishonest respondents resided in the UK (62 per cent), China (62 per cent) and Russia (61 per cent), followed by France (59 per cent) and Germany (55 per cent) who each admitted to telling a few regular lies. Spain however was found to be the most trustworthy, with over three quarters (78 per cent) declaring they were very honest, followed by over half of Italian respondents (55 per cent).
Respondents also admitted that it wasn’t just adults that they lie to, with Brits (70 per cent) and Russians (69 per cent) tending to favour the little white lies and tales of fairies and superheroes told to children, while scare tactics of ghosts and monsters prove most effective with children in China (76 per cent) and France (68 per cent).