Census workers report that nonresponse follow-up was “rushed and chaotic,” using numerous shortcuts to end the census count on the shortened timeframe sought by the Trump administration. Not surprisingly, there is growing consensus among census stakeholders and data experts that the 2020 census data are likely to be insufficiently accurate.
It would be an understatement to say this has been a challenging census, made more turbulent by actions taken by the Trump administration.
Last week census advocates logged a win: A federal court ordered the Trump administration to produce documents shedding light on the rushed close to the 2020 census. But how did it come to this? And how can the U.S. avoid the politicization of the census moving forward?
(This is the first of a two-part series detailing this year’s unprecedented attacks on the U.S. census.)