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US: Census (Pew 1/6-10)

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Pew Research Center
1/6-10/10; 1,504 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pew release)

National

Pew

As the federal government gears up for its decennial count of the country's population, most Americans think the census is very important and say they will definitely participate. But acceptance of and enthusiasm for the census are not universal. Certain segments of the population such as younger people, Hispanics and the less well educated are not as familiar with the census and are less inclined to participate. In addition, there are partisan differences in opinions about the value of the census, and in personal willingness to participate.

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The survey finds that 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. But 8% describe the census as unimportant for the country, and twice that number says that they either "might or might not" participate (10%) or definitely or probably will not (6%). The share saying they may not participate is particularly high among younger Americans, as well as those in lower socioeconomic categories.

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

I think when people take their courses to becoming US Citizens they need to focus more on educating them about the American way of life, and our government system and our history. Of course they can learn both sides, but I think they need to have their interest sparked so that they are encouraged to make their decision about which party to support and the value of voting in America. Turnout is way too low for my liking and the bigger the turnout, the better politicians we will have.

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Farleftandproud:

This poll sums up our problem of lack of participation in America. I fault our education system and if there is an issue for us progressives to become involved in, it is to continue our mission of recruiting more people who are unlikely to vote. They need to know what is at stake for them by not voting. Too many Americans just don't see the value of being involved with their government enough to vote and it is sad.

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