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Old 07-06-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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Census Long form Killed-

No not in the USA. The Canadians decided to kill their Long Form Census.

The Globe and Mail laments. I for think the US should do away with it as well. Just collect the info on how many live at the given address.

Why you should care about the long census form’s demise - The Globe and Mail

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I disagree. I think this was a very backward decision. The data collected in the long form provide a rich sample of what's going on. I regularly delve into them in my job for planning purposes. Replacing the mandatory long form with a voluntary one will lead to a smaller, biased sample that is not as useful. As for the privacy argument, if the right safeguards are in place I think we can trust the government. Inconvenience is a poor argument. I believe that participation in the census is a civic duty.
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