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VERIFY: No, the 'citizenship question' won't be on the census

Tim Olson, the Associate Director for Field Operations sat down with WUSA9 and said without any hesitation that the citizenship question will be off the census.

WASHINGTON — Question: Is there a citizenship question on the 2020 Census?

Answer: No. 


  • Tim Olson, Associate Director For Field Operations of Census Bureau
  • The 2020 Census Form 


In late June, the Supreme Court put a block on the idea of a "citizenship question" in the 2020 census. But concerns about this question have remained on social media

Tim Olson, the Associate Director for Field Operations at the Census Bureau, confirmed to WUSA9 that the question won't be on the form. 

"There is no citizenship question in the 2020 Census," he said. 

Following the high court's block, the Trump administration decided not to fight the decision any further and removed the question from the census. 

To further confirm that the question is not included, take a look at the real 2020 census form. 

You can scan through all eight pages and there won’t be a question about the respondent’s citizenship.

In August 2019, people on social media were asking if the citizenship questions was appearing on the 2020 census despite promises it had been removed, following the release of a below photo.

Credit: VERIFY

The answer was no. The photo above is based on a separate U.S. Census Bureau form. The 2020 census will not have a citizenship question and the early draft of it clearly shows that it does not have one. 

The image above can be traced back to the form for the 2019 American Community Survey. It's a legal document provided by the Census Bureau, but it’s not the same form as the actual 2020 census. 

According to the Census Bureau, the American Community Survey is sent out every year to a few million households. It was actually created to shorten the overall census form. The long-form questions that used to be sent with the census now come in the form of the Community Survey.

Their charts show that since 2000, the number of households that were mailed the Survey has increased each year.

While the Community Survey does continue to have a citizenship question, that question will not be on the 2020 census.

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