The left does not want the citizenship question on the census. Trump thinks it is important and should be included.
It turns out, so do a majority of the American people, according to a new poll.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Majority want citizenship question on census, 53%-32%
Americans by a wide margin agree with President Trump that the upcoming 2020 census should ask a citizenship question.
The latest Economist/YouGov poll found that 53% feel it should ask the question versus 32% who don’t.
The survey asked: “Do you think the federal government should or should not ask people whether they are American citizens as part of the 2020 census?”
– Should ask 53%
– Should not ask 32%
– Not sure 14%
The Supreme Court has rejected including the question in a form the administration proposed but left the door open to another version. And Trump is considering changing the version.
The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Attorney General William Barr is siding with Trump on this issue.
CBS News reports:
William Barr says he sees legal way to add citizenship question to 2020 census
Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.
The Supreme Court recently blocked the question, at least temporarily, saying the administration’s justification “seems to have been contrived.” That was a blow to Mr. Trump, who has been pressing for the government to demand information about citizenship.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s experts have said requiring such information would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less accurate count.
As the poll shows, it is the Democrats who are out of step with the people on this issue.