A guide to collecting more honest answers from survey respondents

There can be big discrepancies between what people tell us in surveys and the truth. Due to various motivational factors, respondents tend to over and under claim when giving certain answers.

In this paper, we explore why people lie, and what you can do through question design to reduce dishonest and biased answers. Consider carefully pre-filtering respondents, asking questions in better ways, and effectively priming respondents to give more honest answers. We also present research-on-research findings from various experiments conducted in recent years.

This paper covers:

  • Understanding motivations of dishonesty
  • Solutions for white lies, exaggerations and self-delusions
  • Honesty priming techniques

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