Ethics- “high self-image when it comes to ethics”

From 2008, The Ethics of American Youth, the numbers:

-          64% “cheated on a test in the past year” (was 60% in 2006),  with 63% cheating reported by those “from religious schools”

-          36% “used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment” (was 33%)


The self-image: “Despite these high levels of dishonesty, the respondents have a high self-image when it comes to ethics. A whopping 93 percent said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character and 77 percent said that when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.”

The Ethics of American Youth - 2008 summary
by the Josephson Institute



For 2010, the press release (available at states:

“Josephson said the results of this survey, conducted in 2010, are slightly better than those of the 2008 survey. ‘We show some improvement in ethical behavior, but the baseline of values remains alarmingly low compared to what they believe,’ he said, adding that a whopping 92 percent of students were satisfied with their personal ethics and character.”


The 2010 summary is available at:




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