Renewed Threats to the American Community Survey

by John Sides on April 24, 2013 · 29 comments

in Other social science,Public opinion

The bill is here, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC).  The key language:

Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Bureau of the Census—

(1) are not authorized to carry out any activities with respect to—

(A) a census conducted under chapter 3, subchapter I or subchapter III of chapter 5, or section 141(d) of such title, as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(B) a survey (including the survey, conducted by the Secretary of Commerce, which is commonly referred to as the “American Community Survey’‘), sampling, or other questionnaire conducted under such title;

(2) shall terminate any activities being carried out with respect to any such census, survey, sampling, or questionnaire; and

(3) may only conduct the decennial census of population, as authorized under section 141 of title 13, United States Code.


This is not the first time this has been tried.  See Andrew R.’s post from 2012 and links therein.  Eliminating the ACS would be a real blow not only to social science but to many others, including private businesses, who use these data.

Hat tip to Ryan Enos and Kevin Collins.

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