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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