A new poll conducted by vouchercloud.com has revealed that one out of three UK residents will lie about where they live.

The research showed that 48% of Britons distort the truth about where they live and 19% lie completely.

The study was undertaken along with research into the behaviour and lifestyle habits of UK residents.

2,241 people over the age of 18 were questioned about where they live and whether or not they would be likely to lie about it.

“The majority lied because their home is known to have a bad reputation, followed by lying because no one has heard of where they live”

The initial question was ‘do you like the town or city that you live in?’ and 42% answered with no, 32% said that they did like it and finally 26% responded that they had no strong feelings either way.

Then respondents were asked whether or not they would lie or ‘not be entirely forthcoming’ about where they live. Just under half (48%) confessed that they had ‘bent the truth slightly’ whereas 19% revealed that they would lie.

61% of those who admitted to lying about where they live revealed that they would name nearby towns and cities to pass off as their hometown.

At this point the respondents were quizzed on why they would lie about their hometown.

“We all work hard to have what we have, whether that’s a nice home, a nice car, nice holidays or something else – we should be proud because we’ve worked so hard to have it”

The majority, at 44%, lied because their home is known to have a bad reputation, followed by lying because no one has heard of where they live at 37%.

35% confessed that they were ashamed of where they live and 20% argued that the surrounding area is much nicer than their home.

The research also revealed that respondents were most likely to lie about where they live to a potential partner (24%).

Chris Johnson, Head of Operations at vouchercloud.com, stated: “It’s so sad to hear that so many feel the need to lie about where they live… We all work hard to have what we have, whether that’s a nice home, a nice car, nice holidays or something else – we should be proud because we’ve worked so hard to have it.”

He went on to say: “Who cares if someone’s heard bad things about your neighbourhood? They don’t have to live there, so don’t let their opinions, or possible opinions, make you feel ashamed and embarrassed.”

Source: Poll conducted by vouchercloud.com

Hannah Eves

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