U.S. Census forms are beginning to arrive in mailboxes this week, but one in seven Americans may decide to throw them in the trash.
According to a new Zogby Interactive poll released this week, 87 percent of adults said they planned to complete the Census, while six percent did not and eight percent were not sure if they would.
“The one in seven who are unsure or will not complete the Census is very troubling,” said pollster John Zogby.
Privacy concerns topped the list of reasons cited for not completing the Census form.
Even those who are planning to fill out the form expressed reservations about whether the data provided to the Census would be kept confidential: 49 percent expressed doubts about information confidentiality, compared to 46 percent who felt that their data would be kept private and five percent who were not sure.
Libertarian Party Chairman William Redpath questioned the government’s reasons for collecting some of the information requested on the Census form.
“The U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to provide for a census in order to apportion Representatives correctly,” he said. The Constitution does not empower Congress to use a census for any other purpose. There is no need for Congress to collect additional information such as names, races, ages, sexes, or home ownership status.”
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