3/11: You’ve Got Mail … The U.S. Census

2010 U.S. Census forms are on their way.  Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the count of Americans occurs once every ten years.  And, according to the latest national Marist Poll, 88% of residents say they are, at least, likely to fill out the 2010 Census form.  This includes 64% who are very likely to do so and 24% who are likely to participate.  5% are not very likely to take part in the count, and 7% report they are not likely to do so at all.



Older Americans are more likely to oblige than their younger counterparts.  91% of those 45 or older say they plan to return their filled out forms compared with 84% of those under age 45.

Income also matters.  93% of those who earn $50,000 or more a year say they are very likely or likely to fill out their census form.  83% of those who earn less than $50,000 annually say the same.

Table: Participation in the U.S. Census

“Obligated,” “Interested,” and “Patriotic” Top Feelings Toward Census

How will Americans feel when the census form arrives in their mailboxes?  36% say they will feel obligated.  28% report they will be interested, and 20% say it gives them a sense of patriotism.  8% of residents are suspicious while excitement and confusion are each cited by 4% of the population.

While obligation, interest, and patriotism are the leading emotions for both men and women, women are more likely to feel interested than men.  Men, however, are three times more likely than women to feel suspicious when the census arrives.

Table: Feelings About Census

Marist Poll Methodology