Thursday, January 21, 2010

Attitudes towards the Census

A national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press was conducted Jan. 6-10 on public knowledge and attitudes towards the 2010 Census.

Among the results were:

- Nine-in-ten Americans describe the census as either very (60%) or somewhat (30%) important for the country, and about eight-in-ten say they will either definitely (58%) or probably (23%) participate.

- Unfamiliarity with the census is most widespread among younger adults and Hispanic Americans.

- 64% are aware that the census is used to decide how many representatives each state will have in Congress.

- 59% are aware that the census is used to decide how much money communities will get from the government.

- 11% incorrectly believe that it the census is used to locate illegal immigrants so they can be arrested.

- Only 31% of Americans are aware that participation in the census is required by law.

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