Two newsletter readers have reported they received surveys claiming to be from the American Community Survey (ACS) and asking follow-up questions to the information supplied in the 2010 U.S. census. Both wondered if these surveys were legitimate or if they were part of some sort of scam or sales effort.
In fact, the surveys are legitimate. The U.S. Census Bureau randomly selects about 3 million addresses each year to participate in the survey. You are legally obligated to answer all the questions, as accurately as you can.
As stated by the Census Bureau, "The information that the Census Bureau collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year are spent on infrastructure and services. Your answers help state and local leaders make decisions about programs and investments such as new highways, schools, hospitals, job training, community centers, and emergency services."
You can read more at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
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