Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question
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Sixty-seven percent of voters said the census should be able to ask whether people living in the U.S. are citizens, going against the recent Supreme Court decision on the matter, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll.

The poll also found that the inclusion of the question was supported among members of both parties, with 88 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats supporting its inclusion. 

Sixty-three percent of independents said they supported including the question on the census.

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"The public here agrees with the administration that it makes sense to ask citizenship on the census," Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll Director Mark Penn said. "It is a clear supermajority of Americans on this issue."

Last month, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the census and demanded that the Commerce Department provide a more clear-cut explanation for the move.

A number of Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates praised the high court’s decision.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE said Monday that he was looking at delaying the 2020 census if the administration is not able to include the citizenship question.

“So you can ask other things, but you can’t ask whether or not somebody is a citizen? So we are trying to do that. We’re looking at that very strongly,” Trump said.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll online survey of 2,182 registered voters was conducted from June 26 to June 29.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll throughout 2019.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.