Census to offer online survey
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.