Second, I have been getting a lot of snail mail encouraging me to participate in a census test. After some research (via duckduckgo.com not the G* search engine), I decided the request was legit and gave it a ride (the mailings threatened to send someone to my home to 'help me complete the census' if I did not comply). The survey asked about
- People in my home
- Gender (only male/female options)
- Relationship between the two people in my home (including same sex relationship)
- Who owned the house
- First, are you Hispanic
- Second, are some specific hispanic, asian, black, or white
- I chose 'other' and entered American. I have been saying this to surveys (and social science teachers) since eighth grade. Like Elizabeth Warren, I have anecdotes to support my claims of multi-ethnicity.
- Citizenship: IMHO, this is the only legitimate, Constitutional question in the census. The Constitutional purpose of the census is to apportion representatives across the states based on the count of citizens represented.
If you do not complete the census, you can be fined up to $100 (last enforced int he 70s); if you lie on the census, you can be fined up to $500.
I've been asked to quite a few random census surveys lately. They are the american community survey, where they get more detailed information on demographics in areas.
Then we received follow up surveys, targeting those who I think completed the ACS and noted they were a college graduate, asking even more detailed info.
I filled them out (even without threat of penalty) as one of the groups I work with does research on the data (de-identified, obviously, trying to look at trends through all the data sets to explain changes in society.) Good times. Please do these surveys.