Anti-Government Anger Backfires in Texas Census
Response rates dismal from key conservative districts
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 1:33 PM CDT
Census advocates.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Anti-government sentiment could be dampening the census response in Texas, which has been counting on picking up four congressional seats and millions of dollars in federal funding. Across the state, the response rate stands at 27%, well below the national average of 34%. In some Republican districts, the rate is as low as 8%. “There's a general distrust of the federal government at every level,” says one congressman.

Influential leaders might be to blame for the poor turnout. “The invasive nature of the current census raises serious questions about how and why government will use the collected information,” Ron Paul recently said. In general, more Democrats think the census is “very important” than Republicans, which one advocate calls foolish. “They think they are hurting the government," she tells the Houston Chronicle. "They are really hurting themselves and their communities.”

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May 3, 2010 10:00 PM CDT
Fabulous editing there. Who is "SHE?" Where did you get your journalism skills? MSLSD?
Mar 31, 2010 3:09 PM CDT
So do you really think that if only ten or twenty percent of the people fill out the census paper the government will not give them representation in congress? How do they even know what percent complied if they haven’t got a number already? Obviously they already know about how many people live in an area. They want other information and to snoop. This gives them a good excuse to break laws of privacy without a proper warrant.
Mar 31, 2010 8:35 AM CDT
Ron Paul for President