Mexicans tell an average of four lies each day.
That is, in a nutshell, the conclusion of the most recent public opinion poll by Consulta Mitofsky, one of Mexico’s most prominent poll and research companies. The study, aptly named “La mentira cotidiana: una aceptada costumbre” (Our Daily Lie: An Accepted Custom) concludes Mexican men lie 4.2 times each day, while women “only” lie three times each day.
The reason? both men and women said they lie out of “dire need,” “to avoid problems,” or simply “for fun.” Of those who acknowledged telling lies, almost 62% said they lie to their friends; 34.9% to their partners; 33.1% to their colleagues; 24.3% to their bosses and 23.8% to their parents.
The survey, which took place in late January among 1,000 Mexican adults, has a margin of error of 1.8% … but what Mitofsky doesn’t say is: were they telling the truth?