If President Trump follows through on his threats to issue an executive order to try and force the ‘citizenship question’ on to the 2020 census, a majority of Americans would have his back.
The latest Economist-YouGov poll found that 53% of Americans feel the census should include a question asking respondents whether or not they are citizens. Only 32% said they would oppose including such a question. Another 14% said they weren’t sure how to answer.
This was how the question from the Economist-YouGov poll was worded: “Do you think the federal government should, or should not, ask people whether they are American citizens as part of the 2020 census?”
The Supreme Court rejected including the question – or at least the way the Trump Administration would have worded it – on the 2020 census, but left the door open to another version, which Trump is reportedly considering, as the president revealed in a tweet last week.
The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Legal expert and George Washington University Law professor John Banzhaf told the Washington Examiner that what Trump is suggesting in the tweet above could absolutely be accomplished.
“There are several rationales – including one based upon the Constitution itself – which could well still persuade the courts to permit a citizenship question on the census, especially if the explanation were included in the executive order now being considered, rather than in some new declaration by the Secretary of Commerce,” he said.
Much of the mainstream media coverage surrounding the ‘citizenship question’ has implied that President Trump is the first American President to ask that it be included in the census.
That’s simply not accurate. The fact is, Trump is only trying to follow what until recently had been an established norm. President Obama was the first president to exclude the question on citizenship, naturalization and nativity in almost 200 years. The Trump Administration is merely undoing Obama’s 8-year effort to distort the status quo.