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Eye Opener: Census Problems in Big Cities?

By Ed O'Keefe

The City of Brotherly Love is not ready for the 2010 Census, according to a new study.

Eye Opener

Happy Tuesday! As if the murder of a Census employee and associations with ACORN weren't enough, the Census Bureau now faces big concerns from a new study that predicts big problems for the 2010 Census in some of the nation's largest cities.

The reason? The cities lack the necessary funds to help prepare for an accurate count. Philadelphia is in worst shape, still lacking plans for a local outreach and awareness campaign that experts consider important for ensuring as accurate a count as possible.

A study released Monday by the Pew Charitable Trusts checked census preparation efforts in 11 major cities that had undercounts of residents in 2000 of up to 1.5 percent. Researchers found that only five big cities have set aside funds for census outreach -- Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Phoenix and Baltimore. The money allotted however is less than in 2000, thanks to the recession.

“Census preparation really matters,” said Thomas Ginsberg, project manager of Pew’s Philadelphia Research Initiative. “The outreach efforts are a cross between an election campaign and a municipal self-promotion drive, with very real ramifications that will be felt for the next 10 years.”

Making matters worse, city officials expect poor turnout next year, because of the home foreclosure crisis, nervous immigrants concerned the census will account for their citizenship status (it does not) and other reasons.

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And why in heck illegals should not worry about answering if they are illegals. Which part of "illegal" you guys do not understand? "illegals, or "undocumented" are criminals. They are not just Latinos. I personally know of illegals from Romania, Bulgaria, Palestine, Russia. And they all milk the welfare system. Their contributions pale in comparison to the benefits they extract from the American taxpayer. Otherwise they will not be here illegally, why can't you understand. It is only a simple math. Benefits>Contribution.

Posted by: shumen52 | October 13, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I bring myself to once again defend the Constitution of America, its laws and measures. Government shall provide its people with protection from foreign invaders. Simple Gov can round up 400 million Guns in America, or they think they can without a fight, and yet they can not find 12 million illegal aliens. Politics, for every illegal given amnesty, Democrats will receive 1 Democratic vote. They feed, cloth and give them a roof over their heads, educate their young and provide them with Healthcare far beyond that in which we will receive, all for power and greed. Ed

Posted by: edmcgarvey1 | October 13, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I tried to apply as a census taker, I aced the test they gave me, no call back. I am used to age discrimination by now (I am 65), so I shrugged and moved on. But shouldn't census takers tell their countees that their individual data is sealed for 80 years? Census takers could tell the very young and nervous ones that they should change their address at least once before they die.

Posted by: RickB1 | October 13, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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