CRAIN’S NEW YORK — May 9, 2019 — The census has always been the bedrock of our democracy. However, unlike any time in this country’s history, this bedrock is at risk.
The odds are stacked against a successful census. It’s going to be largely online for the first time ever, it’s been severely underfunded, and in an effort to intimidate immigrants, the federal government has added a citizenship question for the first time in more than 50 years.
In the 2010 census, New York’s participation rate was more than 10% lower than the national average. Given the political climate and the inhumane rhetoric around immigration, we have every reason to expect the discrepancy will be even worse next year.
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