Most people in Scottsdale eat when they’re hungry. Time to stop surveys before they get out of control

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

A couple of years ago, there was quite a backlash from a survey that stated Glendale and Tempe were among the 10 most dangerous suburbs. And there was one that found Arizona among “normal” states.

WalletHub in December declared Phoenix 116th among “safe” cities, while Tucson scored the worst at No. 161.

Such surveys are often silly, inaccurate or they lead to bogus follow-up stories.

How about finding out which city has the most banana peels in its parks? Or the most popular sewer for New York rats.

Journalism professors and grammarians teach the term “according to” is a disclaimer and should be used only when something could be questioned as to its source. Example: According to, most Arizonans are scared of horses.

Or according to NewsBeast, most Arizonans would bet their next door neighbor has never been to a Coyotes game.

It’s time to stop frivolous surveys before they get out of control. That’s according to Rose Law Group Reporter.

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