The following questions were asked of high school students. I have modified the questions for adults. For the kids, the questions were proceeded with “in the last year.”
View the results from the article after the jump.
One-fifth said they stole something from a friend; 23 percent said they stole something from a parent or other relative.
“What is the social cost of that — not to mention the implication for the next generation of mortgage brokers?” Josephson remarked. “In a society drenched with cynicism, young people can look at it and say ‘Why shouldn’t we? Everyone else does it.’ ”
Other findings from the survey:
• Cheating in school is rampant and getting worse. Sixty-four percent of students cheated on a test in the past year and 38 percent did so two or more times, up from 60 percent and 35 percent in a 2006 survey.
• Thirty-six percent said they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment, up from 33 percent in 2004.
• Forty-two percent said they sometimes lie to save money — 49 percent of the boys and 36 percent of the girls.
Despite such responses, 93 percent of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 percent affirmed that “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.”