Lies 'blamed on bankers and MPs'
Published 23/08/2010 | 15:49
Britons tell 657 lies a year - and most blame their dishonesty on bankers and MPs, a survey has revealed.
Four in five of those polled said lies were now a part of day-to-day life - something they attributed to a "modern expectation of scandal" among public figures.
And despite the recent outcry over MPs' expenses, 41% of people admitting to over-claiming at work.
Nearly half of respondents also admitted to stealing a small item from a shop, travelling on a train without a ticket or purposefully damaging purchased goods to get their money back.
Meanwhile, nearly one in three said they had asked for a refund on worn clothing, kept the cash after finding a wallet, made a false insurance claim or stolen from a supermarket while going through the self-check-out.
Some 88% of those polled said dishonesty among authority figures alleviated their guilt.
According to the study, people are now more likely to lie to financial institutions because of the behaviour of banks.
Nine out of ten people said modern communication - including social networks and mobile phones - made it easier to lie, with email the favoured medium.
This was followed by text, the internet and then the phone.
More than 2,000 adults were consulted for the OnePoll study in June.