VOTER SUPPORT CENSUS QUESTION
Should the 2020 census ask “Are you a U.S. citizen?” Democratic critics maintain that the inquiry would discourage members of the immigrant community from voting. Republicans say citizenship status would contribute to a more accurate count and realistic picture of the nation.
“The American people deserve to know who is in this country,” President Trump noted in a recent tweet.
Three federal courts already have blocked the Commerce Department — which oversees the census — from adding the question. The Supreme Court will figure the whole thing out next month. But what about Americans themselves? Despite considerable press coverage which undermines the idea of a citizenship question, a sizable number of people approve of the idea and they span all demographics and age groups, according to a new HillHarris survey of 1,002 registered U.S. voters.
“Six in 10 registered voters, 60%, said that the U.S. Census Bureau should ask the citizenship question even if it results in fewer responses. Another 21% said the question should not be included, while 19% were unsure,” wrote Hill analyst Matthew Sheffield.
“Despite partisan differences, a majority of voters from all demographics included in the survey said they believed the citizenship question should be included. White voters overwhelmingly supported the question, with 65% in favor and 17% opposed. Black respondents favored asking about citizenship by a 53-19% margin. Hispanic respondents supported it, 53-28%,” Mr. Sheffield said.
Also favoring the idea: 81% of Republicans, 54% of independents and half — 49% — of Democrats. In addition, 67% of men and 54% of women also support the citizenship questions — along with 66% of those over age 65, and 53% of those ages 18-34.
And P.S. — the census is a complicated event with interesting facts attached. For all things census, don’t forget to check out Census.gov.
Most registered U.S. voters say the citizenship question should be included on the upcoming 2020 census.