American Community Survey, let's discuss
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|Thu, 08-26-2010 - 12:31am|
Hi. I lurk a bit here, I'm more active in other parts of ivillage, but I thought this might be the place for my debate.
Like other Americans, I filled out my census this year. Since I find most of the questions intrusive and none of anyone's business, I only filled out what I was required to, by law. Namely, my name and the number of people who live in my home. (Two adults, one child). I was visited by a census worker, 4 times, and had about half a dozen phone calls from her, too. I reiterated that there were 2 adults and one child living here, and that was all the information I was going to give her.
So... a few days ago I received a notice in the mail that I was "randomly selected" to take part in the American Community Survey. Oh, and that BY LAW I HAVE TO take part in it, or I can be fined.
(Upon further research, I have found that over a period of some years, everyone is "randomly selected", and that no one has been fined since either the late 60s or early 70s, depending on the source.)
I don't know if any of you have gotten this FOURTEEN PAGE booklet, but I'll post a link at the bottom of this so you can see the questions. There's stuff in there I wouldn't tell my best friends... "What time does person A leave to go to work", and, "How much is your mortgage", among others... seriously, read the questions.
After doing some more research, I've found that I can be, (and will be), harassed by phone calls and visits and people taking GPS monitoring of my front door. From what I've read, this will go on for at least 90 days.
And there's the threat of the fine if I don't answer questions, or if I answer falsely.
Has anyone else gotten one of these surveys? What did you do?
I'm not filling it out. If someone shows up at my door, I will tell them to leave or I will call the police.
Now, please look at this survey and tell me, would you fill it out? If not, would you pay the fine (I've read it's anywhere from $100 to $5000.)