American Community Survey

Tamra - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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We got ours in the mail today. We'll be filling in how many people live here and their names and that's it. The rest is a complete intrusion into our privacy. I've found some interesting sites where people have some interesting responses. Like the one that asks if a census bureau person can outrun a dog. :0)



Every 10 years the government has the right to count the people in your home. That is next year, but this survey asks if you have flush toilets or if you have trouble bathing yourself. I'm not joking.



It's time we stood up and said NO to their unconstitutional demands.

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Sandy - posted on 09/06/2009

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I worked for the census 20 years ago, will never do it again it was a joke and don't ever think they will not release your "confidential" or "anonymous" information, our government is in business to make money also. Please do not trust them. I haven't gotten anything about the survey yet either, that is very curious because I could be on the obama's watch list also, not sure. I loose and misplace many things though, you know by accident. You say they have a bar code on the survey that links with our private information? What happens if that gets damaged in some way? you know by accident? Part of this world has gone mad!! I am happy to say it is not the part that I belong to.

Maleasha - posted on 09/05/2009

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Yeah, I read through the survey and most of it is a joke. I'll answer how many people live in our house, but they don't need to know what time I leave for work, or how long I spend in my car driving to work.

Maureen - posted on 08/25/2009

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Oops. iPod being crazy! Again, the census is a historical method of having the right to stand up,be counted and voice your opinions on issues.

Maureen - posted on 08/25/2009

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I wouldn't write off the census so quickly. The information gathered is used for future planning of allsprts of services and infrastructure. Governent grants can be swayed by some of the information. Your personal info is never never released. But it is about the only way of determining demographics and how our society is changing. Where people settle.

Christa - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hmmm, I still haven't gotten one. That's wierd that they are hounding you and we have received nothing. ??

Tamra - posted on 08/16/2009

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We received a second copy in the mail (since we didn't return the first one). Then we received a phone call. I answered it and kindly told the lady that we will not be returning it. She asked me why. I explained that we feel the questions are an infringement on our 4th amendment rights. She said the survey is mandatory b/c of a bill that Congress passed. I restated that we will not be returning it.



This lady said, "You know this survey is anonymous." I laughed - "If it's anonymous, how do you have my name and phone number?" She said she doesn't have my name, just my phone number and address. I asked her, "Have you ever heard of a reverse directory? You can have my name in a matter of seconds, if you actually do not have it already." How stupid do they think we are?



We've received a second phone call. This lady explained that "they" have to call us for a month, and then a rep will come to our door. After that, the Justice Department would take over and there could be a small fine. I told her to have a great day.



Can't wait (ha) for a rep to come to the door.

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Such great ideas ladies =) I agree

And after looking at the 14 pages worth of questions they want us to answer, I'm blown away. Really, don't all they need to know is the number in the household? Scary, asking questions about your home, how much it's worth, etc. I think we all need to make sure to tell everyone we know that the only info they need to provide is the number in the household and names and to not feel obligated to fill it in completely because it was issued by the government! I know, if I didn't know better, that I probably would fill out the whole form because I wouldn't want to get in trouble by the government.

Tamra - posted on 07/01/2009

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http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/... This is a link to the survey. We have not filled ours out yet, and will not be filling the whole thing out. Number of residents, and names. There is a bar code on the survey that is linked to your name, even though your name does not appear on the label. We have printed out a copy of the 4th Amendment to hand to the people who will come to our door to follow-up.

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Quoting Dixie:

I'm thinking about telling them we have some "undocumented immigrants" living here.


Great idea!  They'd probably start sending you money!  hahaha

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Quoting Julie:

My husband and I have agreed that when we get these questions, we will answer the one regarding number in our home and the rest we will answer with "not a constitutional question".


Great Idea!  Don't know if they will get 'the message' though...ugh

Julie - posted on 06/29/2009

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My husband and I have agreed that when we get these questions, we will answer the one regarding number in our home and the rest we will answer with "not a constitutional question".

Gina - posted on 06/27/2009

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I heard that even if you don't put your name on it, they know who it came from. They put serial numbers on them that are linked to your name and address.

Dixie - posted on 06/26/2009

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I'm thinking about telling them we have some "undocumented immigrants" living here.

Rebecca - posted on 06/26/2009

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Quoting Karen:

What?! That's an intrusion of privacy, and you can't trust a damn thing about Acorn. I think I just might write a big fat zero and leave all names out at our household just to screw them! LOL


Better yet we should put down Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as our names like they (ACORN) did.

Karen - posted on 06/25/2009

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What?! That's an intrusion of privacy, and you can't trust a damn thing about Acorn. I think I just might write a big fat zero and leave all names out at our household just to screw them! LOL

Gina - posted on 06/24/2009

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That's pretty scary. Why would they need to know all of that. The really scary thing is that Acorn is supposed to do the upcoming census, so who knows if in the next election we'll be getting a fair vote. We all know how honest Acorn is, they're known for registering Mickey Mouse!

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LoL! That is so rediculous! I won't be answering any questions outside of the number of people we have in our home. Why do thy need to know anything more?? If they truly want to be unbiased, race, religion, etc should not be on the form. It should be a completely level playing field and ony ask numbers in a household and how many male/female. That would make sure that our country is truly 'color blind' and unbiased.

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