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Census riles 65% of Oregonians says poll

August 26, 2010

Oregon faith Report Online Poll,

Most Oregonians consider the Census process an uncomfortable experience according to an Oregon Faith Report online straw poll.   The question asked was “In filling out the 2010 census, did you feel comfortable/uncomfortable on the questions asked?” with 65% saying uncomfortable, 21% comfortable and 14% undecided.   This is terrible public relations nearly one out of five customers come away with a negative experience.

The second question was “If you answered “Uncomfortable” to the Census question, please list which Census questions contributed to your feelings. (You may select any choice that applies)” where the leading response was a negative to the age question by 77% followed by telephone 66%.

Here were soem comments left.

– The EXTRA questions NOT required by the constitution are concerning. At best it feels nosey, but when I find that I’m reluctant to send emails or other internet messages that could be seen as unpopular by the current administration and possibly noted in some file, I hesitate to reveal much of my personal life or preferences in such a poll as the “census”    .

– I didn’t fill it out. Didn’t answer the door for the census taker either.

– They said they needed my telephone number in case. No they don’t. They can mail me a letter with a question. Race? Why am I “White” instead of Caucasian or whatever. And the categories of race or strange this round. And why age. Why not just “Over 18” and “Under 18. Frankly, why any age, why not just say the person who filled it out was of legal age and call it good. Everything we tell them can be used for bad reasons, so why do they ask? Their convenience is not sufficient reason to give up rights to privacy. The form should be greatly simplified.

– owning a home, money matters, etc. and mostly birthdate

– I was hired by the census. They told workers that respondents can self identify. If they tell you they’re a Smurf, that’s what you write.

– There is only one race, but many people groups

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Bob Clark August 26, 2010

The census questions are largely there for political reasons, and not to actually further the economic prosperity of all Americans. The Democrats in particular use it to slice and dice the population, and play one group of Americans against other groups of Americans. The extra questions in the census are actually corrupt as they break us apart rather than unite us as Americans first.

Fellow August 26, 2010

Census should do better, but tehy act like they do not care.

Norm! August 26, 2010

Ha! Sorry to hurt your ego, but a bizarrely-written internet poll on an obscure/fringe website is hardly representative of Oregonians.

Why would people only be “uncomfortable” about telephone, race, and age census questions?

paul August 26, 2010

I was a census taker in 1970. It was resisted by many people who had concerns. It is still a concern when questions are asked that are only for promoting political agendas.
We need to take another look at the whole process and do a really big revamp, going back to the original purpose.

Platinumwolf August 26, 2010

Really? I took my census. The “questions” on it were the same basic demographic information that one fills out on almost any normal application – for anything from a magazine subscription to welfare. This is one time specifically where it pays to look at the source and notice that this is a non-scientific internet poll with poorly worded questions and hosted on an obscure website (leading to self-selection of the poll population).

Get a life author, and try writing something useful.

Ex-Vegan August 27, 2010

Sadly, we live in a society that is suspicious of everything and everybody.

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