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Poll: 90% say truthfulness affects voting

Oct. 15, 2012 at 1:48 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Ninety percent of U.S., British and Indian adults say truthfulness influences their vote, a survey by a U.S. company that advises global firms indicates.

McCann Truth Central, the global intelligence unit of the McCann Erickson advertising agency, surveyed about 3,000 people in the three countries -- supplemented by focus groups with U.S. voters identified across the political spectrum from conservative to liberal.

The survey indicated adult Americans want companies and politicians to behave in a similar manner. The top three things they wanted from them are: to understand the lives of ordinary people (61 percent), to possess strong values (48 percent) and to always to tell the truth (48 percent).

"The issue of truth has become a huge part of the national discourse," Daryl Lee, McCann's global chief strategy officer, said in a statement. "Every day is Election Day for brands."

While the Internet can be a fast-moving source of misinformation, it can promote political transparency, with 59 percent of global consumers agreeing it "makes it harder for politicians to lie."

Seventy-five percent of consumers globally said they would be willing to give up chocolate, sex, alcohol, magazines or reality TV for a month if it resulted in politicians in their country being more honest.

No further survey details were provided.

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