21st Century Retail 2014 “Poll” – Big Lies

Either way, the stats are meaningless.  21st Century Retail group, AKA International Council of Shopping Centers.  And like my post last year on their press release “poll” there are zero details about the actual questions or methodology – and that’s by design.  The company they use allows the questions and methodology to be kept secret as part of their package, as covered in last year’s post.  You can craft poll questions to get almost any desired results.  REAL polls share the actual questions and methods used in polling.

Here’s the part where they are flat out lying.

From their release:  The poll also found that 82% of Americans think collecting sales tax from online-only vendors at the time of purchase is easier, up by four percentage points since 2013 (78%) and seven percentage points in 2012 (75%).

Except that’s not the numbers they’ve published in previous press releases, each linked to below:

  • October 2012: “86% of consumers feel it would be easier to pay sales tax on online purchases at the point-of-purchase rather than at the end-of-the-year on their tax forms, as is the current system.”
  • October 2013: “78% of voters feel it would be easier to pay state sales or use tax on online purchases at the time-of-purchase rather than through special forms or when they file their income taxes”
  • September 2014: “The poll also found that 82% of Americans think collecting sales tax from online-only vendors at the time of purchase is easier, up by four percentage points since 2013 (78%) and seven percentage points in 2012 (75%)” – Which of course is false.

Deja vu?  Rewriting history are they?  Is this 1984?   Their 2014 comments are false.  I might word that statistic a little differently:

“Poll finds 4% fewer Americans think collecting sales tax from online-only vendors is easier as compared to 2 years ago”

These PR groups and big-box retail funded special interests will say and do anything to pass this flawed legislation.  And why does the criteria seem to jump from consumers, to voters, to Americans?  Massaging the data?

 

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