Washington ranked 16th most honest state

August 3, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 3, 2013

According to data gathered from experiments conducted in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the National Honesty Index found Washington state to be the 16th most honest.

Beverage company HONEST Tea developed the experiment to determine how honest people are when it seems no one is looking. The company set up unmanned kiosks stocked with its beverages and offered them for $1 on the honor system.

From July 8-18, 61 locations throughout the country were tested, with data collected on how many people paid for the beverages.

Overall, Americans were 92 percent honest, with Alabama and Hawaii tying for most honest state at 100 percent.

The experiment results also found:

  • 4 Washington, D.C., was the least honest with 80 percent of participants paying for their beverage.
  • 4 Overall, women are more honest than men (95 percent vs. 91 percent) — the same percentages in both the 2012 and 2013 tests.
  • 4 Unlike last year where redheads were most honest, in 2013 blondes were the most honest (95 percent) and followed by brunettes (93 percent) and then redheads (92 percent).
  • 4 The longer your hair, the more honest you are. People with short hair were 91 percent honest, vs. people with medium and long hair (93 percent and 94 percent honest, respectively).
  • 4 People in groups (96 percent honest) tend to be more honest than people on their own (91 percent honest).

See the complete National Honesty Index findings here.

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2 Responses to “Washington ranked 16th most honest state”

  1. Stacey Hughes on August 3rd, 2013 4:56 pm

    How many people honestly believe that this “honesty survey” is anything but a marketing gimmick?
    Show of hands, please!

  2. Deeter on August 3rd, 2013 7:30 pm

    Why can’t we be first most-honest? Let’s do better, Washington~

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