Almost all Americans know the census is coming in 2020. That's according to the latest findings from the Pew Research Center. And 84% of Americans say they will respond or very likely will respond.
The Pew Research Center contacted 6,878 adults online for the recent survey. The survey was done in English and Spanish.
Results showed that 94% of Americans think the census is very important or somewhat important. All groups seem to be aware of the census. But some groups have more doubts about whether to respond.
Black, Hispanic, and low-income people had greater doubts about the census. They were more likely to say they would not or very likely would not respond. They were also more likely to say they might not respond.
In the past, those groups have been undercounted or hard to count. An undercount can lead to lower funding and representation for those groups.
About 3% of adults feared the census would hurt their community. That might be due to an early plan to ask people about their citizenship. The Supreme Court ruled against that question. It will not be on the census.
There was no real difference in awareness or planned response rates between Democrats and Republicans.
But people with less schooling were less aware of the census. They were less likely to say they planned to respond.
Age also makes a big difference. Out of four age groups, adults between 18 and 29 were least likely to say they planned to respond.
The U.S. Census Bureau expects 60.5% of people to respond at first.
Research shows that the real response rate is always lower than the percent of adults who say they will respond. The lower the response rate, the more money the Census Bureau has to spend.
When people don't respond, the Census Bureau sends out more workers to knock on doors.
SOURCES: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, PEW RESEARCH CENTER
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