By: Scott Rasmussen – newsmax.com – 21 February 2019 03:44 PM
Seventy-eight percent of voters nationwide believe it’s appropriate for the U.S. Census Bureau to ask residents if they are citizens of the United States.
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 14 percent disagree and 8 percent are not sure.
That view is held by a solid majority of every measured demographic group. Ninety-two percent (92 percent) of Republicans believe the question is appropriate.
So do 79 percent of independent voters and 67 percent of Democrats.
However, several states and cities are suing the federal government to prevent a question about citizenship from being asked on the 2020 census. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case and issue a ruling.
Among many other purposes, census data is used to determine the number of congressional districts allocated to each state. The more people a state has, the more districts it is allocated.
For determining congressional representation, 24 percent of voters believe that only citizens should be included in the population count. Another 40 percent believe that both citizens and legal residents should be counted. Finally, 28 percent believe that illegal immigrants should be counted when it comes to determining congressional representation.
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