Government survey causes pre-census confusion


A survey from the government is causing some confusion

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In 2020, every household in the United States will get a census to fill out. It’s required by the constitution every 10 years.

Some people are wondering about a form showing up in their mailbox already that looks a lot like a census.

It’s a survey asking about income, housing, employment and on the envelope it says it’s from the government.

It’s not a scam — the survey is from the US government but not the Census Bureau.

It’s called the American Community Survey, sent annually to more than 3 million randomly selected households.

While it’s not a census, it does give the federal government information to use to decide where billions in state and federal tax dollars are spent.

One thing the American Community Survey includes that may confuse people is a question about your citizenship.

“I was kind of caught off-balance cause I heard on the news on the 2020 census they aren’t supposed to be asking citizenship questions so I called Channel 6 this morning to find out what was going on — is this legit?” Robert Oleson said.

It is legit and the message on the envelope is true — your response is required by law.

The citizenship question has been on the American Community Survey for years but the Supreme Court ruled it will not be on the 2020 census.

A good tip to know whether a survey is legit is to check if it asks for your Social Security number. That is a red flag that it’s probably a scam.

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