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[ NNSquad ] Census Bureau To Offer Internet Option For Future Government Surveys

Census Bureau To Offer Internet Option For Future Government Surveys

http://j.mp/TWuuOg (AP / Huffington)

    But concerns remain as it is studied for use in the 2020 census, which
    counts the entire U.S. population rather than a representative sample.
    The once-a-decade count has traditionally missed hard-to-track groups
    such as minorities, the homeless and the poor, who also may be less
    likely to have access to computers.  Recent government tests have
    shown that U.S. residents who are more likely to respond to surveys
    online are younger, Asian, non-black, or `other' race, with higher
    education. Those living in larger households as well as those who
    speak a language other than English at home also were more likely to
    fill out Internet forms.  Reaching hard-to-count groups has been a
    major factor behind ballooning costs to the census, which sustains its
    biggest costs when it has to send survey-takers to households.  "An
    Internet option cannot come at the expense of reaching hard-to-count
    communities ...

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The devil is in the details.

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