Honest Tea Studies Honesty of Americans

BETHESDA, Md. — America’s honesty has been put to the test!  Using data gathered from experiments conducted in all 50 states and Washington, D.C, the National Honesty Index has found that overall, Americans were 92 percent honest with Alabama and Hawaii tying for most honest state.

Beverage company HONEST Tea, which strives to make its products with transparency and honesty, developed the experiment to see 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 total locations throughout the country were tested, with data collected on how many people paid for the beverages.  Additionally, data was collected on participants’ characteristics including gender, hair color, hair length, facial hair, and whether or not they were wearing hats and sunglasses.

Some of the Results Include;

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

“We’ve conducted our experiment in different cities over the past few years, but this is the first time we’ve conducted the experiment on a national scale,” said Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea.  “Even though my bicycle was stolen the same day as our D.C. experiment, it’s reassuring to know that 92 percent of Americans will do the right thing even when it seems no one is watching.”

Full State Rankings:

State/City % HONEST
Alabama

100%

Hawaii

100%

Indiana

99%

Maine

99%

Iowa

98%

Nevada

98%

Oklahoma

98%

Tennessee

98%

Alaska

96%

Arkansas

96%

California

96%

Nebraska

96%

New Jersey

96%

North Dakota

96%

Oregon

96%

Washington

96%

Ohio

95%

Vermont

95%

Virginia

95%

Illinois

94%

Minnesota

94%

South Carolina

94%

Wyoming

94%

Colorado

93%

Georgia

93%

Massachusetts

93%

Montana

93%

New Hampshire

93%

Rhode Island

93%

Wisconsin

93%

Florida

92%

Michigan

92%

Missouri

92%

New York

91%

Pennsylvania

91%

Idaho

90%

Kansas

90%

New Mexico

90%

North Carolina

90%

South Dakota

90%

Connecticut

89%

Maryland

89%

Delaware

88%

Utah

88%

Kentucky

87%

Texas

87%

West Virginia

85%

District of Columbia

80%

Louisiana

*

Arizona

*

Mississippi

*

*

 Not large enough Sample Size

Total
Average 92%

The complete National Honesty Index findings are available at www.NationalHonestyIndex.com.  Visitors to the site can use the data to compare the honesty of certain attributes – gender, hair color, hair length, etc. – vs. those of friends, spouses or colleagues, and share their profiles on Facebook or Twitter.

HONEST Tea will donate all of the funds collected to FoodCorps, a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.

ABOUT HONEST TEA

HONEST Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages and extend economic opportunities to communities in need. Founded in 1998 in Bethesda, MD, Honest Tea is the nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company specializing in beverages that are just a tad sweet®.  HONEST Tea’s product lines include: ready-to-drink bottled teas, HONEST® Ade and HONEST® Kids organic thirst quenchers, HONEST® Freshly Brewed iced tea and new HONEST® Fizz naturally sweetened zero calorie sodas. All tea, juice drinks and kids varieties are USDA Organic and all tea varieties are Fair Trade Certified™.  In addition to being ranked by The Huffington Post as one of the leading “8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies,” HONEST Tea is a multi-year winner of awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.  HONEST Tea has won Men’s Health “Best Green Tea” for five years running and in 2012 was named one of Women’s Health magazine’s “125 Best Packaged Foods for Women.” HONEST Tea is an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Company.

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