The United States (U.S.) Census of 2020 will be the twenty-fourth U.S. Census. National Census Day will be April 1, 2020.
Preparations are underway in Nashua for the 2020 Census. City of Nashua Mayor, Jim Donchess, has called for the creation of a Complete Count Committee which will follow a structure set up by the U.S. Census Bureau. City of Nashua Mayor’s Office staff members, city directors, city staff, and community leaders have come together to form a Complete Count Committee, to increase awareness for and to motivate residents to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census.
Members of the Complete Count Committee have formed subcommittees to facilitate the distribution of important information, answer questions, advertise Census jobs, perform community outreach, host Census-related events and more.
In order to ensure that all individuals in Nashua are accounted for in the 2020 U.S. Census, we are working to identify areas in the
community that may need extra efforts or may be hard to count, create ways to
dispel myths and alleviate fears about the confidentiality of the census, and
to develop a list of barriers that may impede the progress of the 2020 census.
Public trust in government is a good indicator of the likelihood of self-response to a government survey. Therefore, the fact that public trust in government is almost the lowest it has ever been since it began to be measured in 1958, may present a challenge when collecting 2020 U.S. Census data.
Census 2020 Attitudes
Attitudes Surrounding the 2020 Census
Sixty-seven percent of householders reported they were “extremely likely” or “very likely” to fill out a census form.
Most householders either preferred to fill out online forms or had no preference between filling out online or paper forms.
Thirty-two percent of people said they would prefer to fill out a paper form in the 2020 Census. Older and less educated householders were more likely to prefer a paper form.
Census 2020 Motivators
Thirty percent of respondents thought that it was important to complete the census in order to determine funding for public services. After that, the most selected reason to complete the census was participants feeling as though it was their civic duty (25%).
Based on that information, funding for public services was determined to be the potentially most impactful motivator for filling out the census.
Hospitals and healthcare, fire departments, police departments, and roads and highways were identified as the most important public services across all groups (2020 CBAMS), although only 45 percent of respondents knew that the census is used to determine how much government funding communities receive.
Census 2020 Barriers
The 2020 Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators study revealed five main barriers that could potentially prevent people from filling out their census form. The first was census confidentiality, as 28% of respondents were concerned that the census would not be able to keep their responses confidential. Others had fear of repercussions and distrust in the government, and many respondents felt as though it did not matter if they were counted in the 2020 census and that it did not benefit them personally to be counted.
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