In another case of the “America First” president cutting off his nose to spite his face, Donald Trump is considering the appointment of someone with no background in statistics to run the US census. Running a shoddy survey, out of political opportunism or simple incompetence, would compromise one of the great advantages of the United States: Trusted data about who Americans are, how they work, and where they live.

Each decade, the census compiles the basic characteristics of the US population; it is accompanied by the annual American Community Survey, which fills in additional social and economic data.

The census is mandated by the constitution for a fairly obvious reason: A representative government has to know who it is representing, and divvy up the votes accordingly.

In another case of the “America First” president cutting off his nose to spite his face, Donald Trump is considering the appointment of someone with no background in statistics to run the US census. Running a shoddy survey, out of political opportunism or simple incompetence, would compromise one of the great advantages of the United States: Trusted data about who Americans are, how they work, and where they live.

Each decade, the census compiles the basic characteristics of the US population; it is accompanied by the annual American Community Survey, which fills in additional social and economic data.

The census is mandated by the constitution for a fairly obvious reason: A representative government has to know who it is representing, and divvy up the votes accordingly.

In another case of the “America First” president cutting off his nose to spite his face, Donald Trump is considering the appointment of someone with no background in statistics to run the US census. Running a shoddy survey, out of political opportunism or simple incompetence, would compromise one of the great advantages of the United States: Trusted data about who Americans are, how they work, and where they live.

Each decade, the census compiles the basic characteristics of the US population; it is accompanied by the annual American Community Survey, which fills in additional social and economic data.

The census is mandated by the constitution for a fairly obvious reason: A representative government has to know who it is representing, and divvy up the votes accordingly.

Article originally posted by qz.

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