Are most people good or bad?

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  1. rotl profile image61
    rotlposted 12 years ago

    I think I'm 50/50 on this one. I'm told I'm a bit cynical, so I thought I would ask our esteemed forum members their personal views.

    Are most people good, bad, neither?

    So this thread does not devolve into a religious debate, please stick to this simple format:
    Good - %
    Bad - %
    Neither - %

    Good - 50%
    Bad - 50%

    And please don't ask what's "good" and what's "bad." Whatever each means to you.

    1. Misha profile image64
      Mishaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Most people are neither good nor bad, even if you assume those concepts are true. Most people will be good or bad to you depending on your attitude towards them. In other words, expect people to be good and act accordingly, and even those that are normally bad to others will be good to you. smile

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Mostly bad.
      Which is why we all need a set of rules to go by.  God gave 'em to us.

      Sorry, I didn't feel like going by your % (percentage) rules.  My bad.

    3. OpinionDuck profile image60
      OpinionDuckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Your restiction makes this question meaningless to answer.


  2. Wayne K. WIlkins profile image64
    Wayne K. WIlkinsposted 12 years ago

    I would say that most people are bad. Most people that I meet are generally bad, but that is not exactly a bad thing. It allows the good people to stand out. I'd say about 75% bad, 25% good.


    1. rotl profile image61
      rotlposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Wow... I thought I was cynical!  smile

      I agree, the bad ones make you appreciate the good ones even more.

  3. prettydarkhorse profile image55
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

    Most people are basically good, just don't argue with them about their political stand, LOL.

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    I think most people are good and try to do the right thing. Probably 80% or more.

  5. CMHypno profile image83
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    I think that we all have the potential to be either good or bad, and can be either depending on circumstances, mood etc, but I would say that around 85% of people are good more often than bad.

  6. j.amie profile image59
    j.amieposted 12 years ago

    Good - 60%
    Bad - 40%


  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    ...i figure....99.99% of people assume they are good; .01% know they are downright evil.....

  8. rotl profile image61
    rotlposted 12 years ago

    Interesting... so far it seems more of us think people are mostly good. Maybe I'm wrong!  smile

  9. lovetherain profile image77
    lovetherainposted 12 years ago

    I think MOST people are more on the good side than bad, although we all have some bad in us, to some degree

  10. b. Malin profile image68
    b. Malinposted 12 years ago

    I'd like to think that the good out number the bad...but it's probably not realistic.  It's a different society and world today, and one has to be careful.

    1. Glenn Raymond profile image61
      Glenn Raymondposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      We all have both good and bad within us.  We just have to hope most people use their goodness and not their bad.  I think to help those traits develop, parents and peers need to constantly teach about integrity, values, morals, honor, and the common sense to apply such things.  This is a great question.  Thank you for asking.

  11. saleheensblog profile image59
    saleheensblogposted 12 years ago

    89% good
    10.9% bad
    0.1% beast

  12. Sue Adams profile image95
    Sue Adamsposted 12 years ago


    1. Cagsil profile image72
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Sue! smile Long time no see! lol

      @OP 90% good 9% bad - 1% extremely bad

      1. saleheensblog profile image59
        saleheensblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        we think alike smile

      2. timorous profile image80
        timorousposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Sounds about right. smile

      3. sofs profile image79
        sofsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hey you guys accounted all... the question was 'most people'  not all people!!
        smile smile smile  Hi Cags, Shuvo, and Tim!!

  13. ediggity profile image61
    ediggityposted 12 years ago

    Good, but unfortunately you spend %90 of your time on the %10 that are trouble makers.

  14. Denise Handlon profile image85
    Denise Handlonposted 12 years ago


  15. sofs profile image79
    sofsposted 12 years ago

    Most people are not just good they are great!! smile

    1. saleheensblog profile image59
      saleheensblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      1. sofs profile image79
        sofsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        smile smile wink that goes for you too!!

  16. lex123 profile image82
    lex123posted 12 years ago

    In my experience most people are good, some are excellent, and only a few percentage is really bad.

  17. Bail Up ! profile image60
    Bail Up !posted 12 years ago

    I believe most people are good. Its just that the bad deeds of people make the news more frequent and quicker than the good ones. It warps our outlook.

  18. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    Some of my friends say that I'm naive because I believe in the overwhelming innate goodness of mankind. I do believe that most people are good, and if you look hard enough, you can usually find that goodness. Of course, you have to look a little harder with some folks! lol

  19. vicki simms profile image68
    vicki simmsposted 12 years ago

    A year ago I would have said......
    70% Good
    25% Bad
    5% Evil
    BUT now my opinion has changed to.......
    50% Good
    45% Bad
    5% Evil

    But to be quite honest, I haven't got a clue big_smile

  20. rotl profile image61
    rotlposted 12 years ago

    Hmm... seems like people are at one end or the other... but more of us think most people are good. Not a lot of 50/50's like me.

    It's good to see that a lot of people have faith in mankind, but 90% good? I wanna live where you live!

    1. saleheensblog profile image59
      saleheensblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      we live in this blue world. smile


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