Which Census Questions Are Appropriate?

On the night President Trump dropped his bid to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, 63% of voters believed that was an appropriate question to ask. That’s down ten points over the past three months. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 25% believe the question is not appropriate for the census and 12% are not sure.

To provide context for those numbers, we asked 1,000 Registered Voters whether a number of other census questions were appropriate.

  • 83% believe it is appropriate for the census to ask about the number of people living or staying in a home on April 1, 2020.
  • 70% think asking about the name, sex, age, date of birth and race of each person in the home is appropriate.
  • 61% are okay with the census bureau asking about the relationship of each person to a central person in the home.
  • 54% say it’s appropriate to ask whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
  • 53%  are comfortable with asking whether the home is owned with or without a mortgage, rented or occupied without rent.
  • 34% think asking whether couples living together are in a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship is appropriate. On this question, a majority (53%) say it it inappropriate.

See complete crosstab results.

Scott Rasmussen’s column last week noted that the census citizenship question is a lose-lose battle for the Democrats.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 11-12, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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