Every ten years the Census Bureau provides a count of all people living in the United States. More importantly, the Census Bureau and other agencies conduct ongoing surveys of the population to document crucial facts and figures about who we are.
And every year, it seems, these agencies come under attack from politicians who would like to do away with all public goods. This year it is the American Community Survey that is under attack, as described in this article from The Wall Street Journal. Prominent professional and business groups (including AAPOR, The American Association of Public Opinion Research, of which we are members) of all political and non-political persuasions are working to fend off the attack.
Here are two reasons why you and your company should aggressively support our efforts to protect the Bureau’s data collection efforts: (more…)