Friday, January 22, 2010

Knowledge about the Census

The fine folks at Pew have looked at what people know about the upcoming Census.  It's one of those good news-bad news results.  An early first blush at the findings includes the following:
The survey also probed knowledge of some basic facts about the census. Most Americans know that the census is used to decide states’ representation in Congress (64%) and that the census is not used to locate illegal immigrants so they can be arrested (68%). But just 31% know that participation in the census is required by law.

So fewer than a third realize that the law requires their participation, but the other two knowledge questions demonstrate pretty good numbers.

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