Changes in Census Survey Generate Misguided Criticism

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:15 pm

The U.S. Census Bureau is making a long-overdue improvement in the questions they ask about health insurance in their annual Current Population Survey (CPS). Contrary to some recent news reports and commentary, the change in the survey is not going to be a significant impediment to understanding the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the percentage of Americans who are insured.

Although I think the redesigned survey is a big improvement, any time that significant changes are made in survey questions, there’s a risk that it will be difficult to make good comparisons of the data for the years before and after the changes were made.


Economic Confidence Craters as Shutdown, Income Stagnation, and Poverty Roil Americans

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 2:09 pm

We are now in day 8 of the federal shutdown and it seems Americans are rapidly losing faith that the powers that be can turn the economy around. Confidence in the economy has deteriorated more in the past week than in any week since Lehman Brothers collapsed on Sept. 15, 2008.

Why Do Some States Have More LGBT People Than Others?

By: Saturday February 16, 2013 10:16 am

Assuming that the percentage of children born LGBT is the same everywhere, what accounts for the differences between the states?

Americans Not Better Off Than They Were 2 1/2 Years Ago

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 2:35 pm

Since January of 2009, when President Obama took office, the American people as a whole are noticeably worse off financially. This is a serious problem for the Obama campaign, and why they desperately need strong economic growth between now and the election.

FDL Movie Night: Gerrymandering

By: Monday September 20, 2010 5:00 pm

After the 2010 Census is finished, will you know where your district went? That’s the question posed by Jeff Reichert in Gerrymandering, a movie which should be shown in every civics and American history class in the US.

According to the Constitution:

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Chusing [sic] Senators.

Stop Making Census

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 9:10 am

I was on MSNBC today with Contessa Brewer and Matt Lewis talking census — jh (Now updated with video at right.) Today is Census Day. This year’s 10-question form is the shortest in history. The government will use the information it learns about the population to define congressional districts, plan transportation systems and roadways, draw [...]

Late Night: Census Questions

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 8:00 pm

So my census form came yesterday and I filled it out and there are some pretty interesting questions. Like how many people live in your house, what are their names, races and relationships to you. “Unmarried partner ” is a new option. There are lots of options for race (versus ethnicity) available, including “other/fill in.” [...]

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