Cen­sus to of­fer on­line sur­vey

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS -

For the first time, the Cen­sus Bureau is giv­ing U.S. house­holds a chance to re­spond to government sur­veys over the In­ter­net, part of a bid to save costs and boost sag­ging re­sponse rates in a dig­i­tal age. The new on­line op­tion will sup­ple­ment the tra­di­tional cen­sus mail-out op­er­a­tion. It is a ma­jor shift for the agency, which has re­lied al­most ex­clu­sively on pa­per forms since 1970 but is now mov­ing to­ward a more In­ter­net-based sys­tem af­ter spend­ing a record $13 bil­lion on the 2010 cen­sus. Be­gin­ning this week, more than 3.5 mil­lion U.S. house­holds ran­domly se­lected each year to par­tic­i­pate in the Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity Sur­vey will be sent let­ters ask­ing them to re­spond on­line.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.