If anyone had any doubts about the NZ Herald’s political stance over Key’s GST proposals, they certainly won’t anymore. Front page of the NZ Herald this morning had a headline “Poll shows solid backing for GST rise if income tax cut”. We then read on to find out that the so called “poll” was actually an email sent to the 6,432 Herald readers on the Herald’s reader panel. Of these only 1,407 replied.
Now I hardly think this “poll” is scientific, objective and representative of the views of all NZers.! Far from it. Wouldn’t mind knowing the full demographic of this reader panel – but I can guess… What the Herald only mentioned at the end of the article is that a greater percentage of readers thought that the tax package was unfair (45%) than it was fair (43%).!!! Also only 22% thought that the tax proposals would promote economic growth versus 51% saying it wouldn’t. Wonder why the Herald didn’t lead with these results..??
Come on the Herald, you can do better than this, and your readers expect more.!!!