While pols wrestle with census, survey says majority favors citizenship query

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There are problems surrounding the 2020 Census, and President Donald Trump can’t escape being blamed for some of it. (Snip, YouTube, ABC News)

While Capitol Hill Democrats continue fussing over the 2020 Census and President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to exclude illegal immigrants from the count, a new Rasmussen survey released Thursday says 65 percent of American adults think the census should ask whether respondents are U.S. citizens.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “Ross unless his department hands over internal documents detailing delays and issues with data related to the 2020 census.”

And NPR is reporting “the…Committee confirm(s) the Census Bureau may not be able to release a key set of numbers from this year’s national head count until after the end of President Trump’s term.”

The problem, according to the NPR story, is “Trump’s unprecedented effort to exclude unauthorized immigrants from those numbers.”

Democrats want the census to include those numbers, and many are opposed to asking anybody’s status on the census form. But the Rasmussen survey says a plurality (48%) “thinks illegal immigrants should not be counted as part of the Census and not used in the state-by-state breakdown of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Forty-one percent (41%) believe they should be counted. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.”

Not surprisingly, the breakdown is largely along party affiliation. Rasmussen says 60 percent of Democrats say illegal immigrants should be counted while 68 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Independents think otherwise.

Eighty-nine percent of all those surveyed think it is important for the census to get as accurate a count as possible.

But the squabble over the census isn’t likely to go away soon. According to the L.S. Times story, Maloney gave Ross until Dec. 9 to hand over the documents or “inform us whether the committee should instead issue a subpoena to compel their production.”

According to NPR, “Three lower courts have already blocked Trump’s directive after finding it violated a federal law that calls for the counts used to reallocate votes in Congress and the Electoral College to be based on the ‘whole number of persons’ in each state, as the Constitution also requires.”

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