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Are Jamaicans the most dishonest?

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A new Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll has found that most Jamaicans believe their countrymen are less honest than people in other parts of the world.

The survey was conducted islandwide from June 9 to 11, among 1,500 respondents and has a sampling error of plus or minus two per cent.

It found that 43 per cent of respondents believed Jamaicans are less honest than persons in the rest of the world.

Only 18 per cent felt Jamaicans were more honest than other nationalities, while 32 per cent said Jamaicans were just as honest as persons elsewhere in the world.

Seven per cent said they did not know.

Reacting to the poll, psychologist, Dr Leachim Semaj, said the result is an accurate reflection of the negative behaviour of some Jamaicans.


Psychologist, Dr. Leachim Semaj

Semaj says dishonesty has been normalised in sections of the society.

Meanwhile, the poll also found that 66 per cent of respondents thought Jamaicans are smarter than other persons in the world.

This is in comparison to 13 per cent who felt Jamaicans are not as smart, 16 per cent who felt they were the same as other persons and 5 per cent who did not know.

And seven out of 10 Jamaicans believe their countrymen are more religious than citizens of other territories.

The poll found that 71 per cent of them thought Jamaicans are more religious than other nationalities, while only 13 per cent of respondents felt Jamaicans are less religious than persons in other parts of the world.

Twelve per cent believe religious fervour is the same among Jamaicans as among people elsewhere.

Four per cent said they did not know.