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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 10:49 AM
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3. The American Community Survey is a special census
The decennial census is mandatory too, even if you received the long form. The ACS replaces the long form in the decennial census with more frequent and smaller censuses in between decennial censuses. The reason these are mandatory is the nonresponse bias can be enormous with voluntary surveys. Voluntary compliance was tested for the ACS because it was the first choice of the demographers -- the response rates were abysmal.

Like the decennial long form extra questions before it, the ACS data will be used by policy researchers, advocacy groups, and politicians to inform on the social policy agenda. The ACS has the same confidentiality rules as the decennial census, right down to minimum aggregation levels for items in public use microdata sets.

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