Survey reveals: Martin Lewis tells it like it is, but a third of men lie about the size of their partner's bum!

4th March 2013

  • Martin Lewis, Jeremy Clarkson & Jeremy Paxman most straightforward stars
  • Women are most straightforward about bad breath or body odour
  • Over a third of men say their partner's bum does not look big — when it does!

The Hastings Direct Refreshingly Straightforward Survey has revealed that money saving guru Martin Lewis tops the polls of stars who tell it like it is, closely followed by the Jeremys — Clarkson and Paxman.

Whilst car insurance proved to be the most straightforward insurance to buy according to the independent poll commissioned by insurance broker Hastings Direct, its survey results also reveal how straightforward we Brits can be:

  • Nearly a third (30%) have told someone they have either bad breath or B.O. — women were twice as likely to tackle this than men
  • Nearly a third (30%) have arranged to meet someone with no intention of showing up — women are twice as likely to do this than men
  • Over a quarter (28%) gave fake contact details and one in ten have failed to mention they are married or in a long term relationship

And in response to the age old question "Does my bum look big in this?" — and we all know that it does — nearly one in five men (18%) will blame the colour and ask if a refund is possible, whilst nearly half (45%) will try and change the subject whilst over a third (35%) will "chicken out" and say it looks fine.

When asked to vote for their most straightforward — tell it like it is — celebrity, the top ten are:

  1. Martin Lewis
  2. Jeremy Clarkson
  3. Jeremy Paxman
  4. Ann Robinson
  5. Jeremy Kyle
  6. Janet Street Porter
  7. Simon Cowell
  8. Gordon Ramsay
  9. Piers Morgan
  10. Graeme Norton

Technical note

The Hastings Direct Refreshingly Straightforward Survey was managed by independent market research company Survey Shack. 1200 Britons responded to the online survey which ran from 15th–25th February 2013.

Other survey results revealed:

  • More than one in ten have shaved years off their actual age (17%) — women are the worst offenders for this
  • Over a third of us (35%) would not come clean to our boss and admit we had overslept if we were going to be late for work
  • Over a third (40%) have eaten something they dislike at a dinner party, rather than offend the host
  • Nearly one in five have exaggerated their current salary on a CV (19%)
  • Over half (53%) have regifted a present

Women voted Martin Lewis, Jeremy Clarkson, Jeremy Kyle, Ann Robinson and Simon Cowell as their top five tell it like it is celebrities.

Men voted for Jeremy Clarkson, Martin Lewis, Jeremy Paxman, Gordon Ramsay and Janet Street Porter as their top five celebrities.

The full voting results were:

  1. Martin Lewis
  2. Jeremy Clarkson
  3. Jeremy Paxman
  4. Ann Robinson
  5. Jeremy Kyle
  6. Janet Street Porter
  7. Simon Cowell
  8. Gordon Ramsay
  9. Piers Morgan
  10. Graeme Norton
  11. Jonathan Ross
  12. Joan Rivers
  13. Oprah Winfrey
  14. Carol Vorderman
  15. Madonna
  16. Bethenny Frankel

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