I am creating a survey to answer a burning question that has often come to mind for me. How many people lie on surveys!

NOTE: Consider the surveys in question to be anonymous unless otherwise stated.

Answer yes or no unless otherwise stated.


1) Have you ever lied on a survey?

Rank how likely you are to lie on a survey for the following categories from 1 (not likely at all) to 5 (almost certainly):


2) On questions about your intellegence or learning how likely are you to lie,

a) in a way that will make you appear more intellegent/learned.

b) in a way that will make you appear less intellegent/learned.

c) in a way that will make you appear more average in intellegence/learning.

3) On questions in a survey about your level of athletic/physical fitness how likely are you to lie,

a) in a way that will make you appear more athletically active/fit.

b) in a way that will make you appear less athletically active/fit.

c) in a way that will make you appear more average atheletically.

4) When asked a "if you are in X situation what would you do" in a survey, how likely are you to lie,

a) in a way that will make you appear to choose the right thing according to your understanding of societal values.

b) in a way that will make you appear to choose the right thing according to your own values.

c) in a way that will make you appear to choose the way you think society thinks is the realistic way to expect a person to act in the situation.

d) in a way that will make you appear to choose the way you think it is realistic to expect a person to act in the situation.

e) in a way that will make you appear to choose what you think society thinks the wrong thing to do is.

f) in a way that will make you appear to choose what you think the wrong thing to do is.

g) in a way that will make you appear to choose a course of action which you think society is uncertain about the correctness of.

h) in a way that will make you appear to choose a course of action about which you are uncertain about the correctness of.


5) For what reasons are you more likely to lie on a survey (rank from one to five, 1 unlikely, 5 very likely),

a) To avoid answering a question in a way which in a normal context could cause embarressment.

b) To answer a question in a way which in a normal context could cause embarressment.

c) To avoid answering a question in a way which could lead to criminal charges, finicial loss or dangerous situations in a normal context.

d) To answer a question in a way in which could lead to criminal charges, finicial loss, or dangerous situations in a normal context.

e) To answer a question in such a way that it conforms to others expectations of you.

f) To answer a question so that it contradicts others expectations of you.

g) To answer a question in such a way that it conforms to your expectations of yourself.

h) To answer a question so that it contradicts your expectations of yourself.

i) To answer a question in a way that you found humorous.


6) Are you lieing in response to this question?

7) If the oppertunity is available do you check the survey results before answering the survey?

8) If the answer to question 7 was yes has looking at the results caused you to lie in response to any survey?

9) If the answer to question 8 was yes did you more often lie in a way that agreed with the results so far, disagreed (bucked the trend) or neither? [answer agreed, disagreed, or neither]

10) If a survey is not anonymous are you more or less likely to lie or neither? [answer more, less or neither]

11) How often do you lie on surveys (answer from 1 to 5, 1 being (almost) never 5 being almost always)?

12) Would you answer a survey incorrectly to create an interesting pattern, sequence or word in the response form?

13) Name your number one reason for lieing on a survey.

14) Did you lie on any questions on this survey?


More to follow later.

Please respond to this survey with an e-mail to allan.olley@utoronto.ca.

The Results so far.


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Last Updated September 27th, 2005.