Harvard Poll: Majority of Hispanics Approve of Census Citizenship Question
A majority of Hispanic voters–55 percent–approve of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a new Harvard University Center for American Political Studies/Harris poll reported by the Washington Times.
A whopping 67 percent of all registered voters believe the census should ask the citizenship question–including 88% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 52% of Democrats.
“Also in agreement: 74% of rural voters, 59% of black voters, 58% of urban voters and 47% of voters who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. At 44%, liberal voters were the least likely to favor the citizenship question,” writes the Times.
Trump voters support the question by 92% as well as 90% of conservatives.
The poll comes as Democrats claim adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census would discourage Hispanic participation.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled 5-4 that the Trump administration’s justification for adding the citizenship question to the census–claiming it would enforce the Voting Rights Act–was “contrived” and blocked the question from being asked (at least temporarily).
Attorney General William Barr recently told AP he believes the administration has found a way to legally add the question to the census.
He also says he has been in touch with President Trump regarding the matter and that he agrees with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong.
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” Barr said and claims he believes there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
As the Epoch Times notes, in the Supreme Court’s majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “We are presented, in other words, with an explanation for agency action that is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decision-making process.”
Justice Clarence Thomas, however, wrote the dissenting opinion and stated the Supreme Court’s “only role in this case is to decide whether the Secretary complied with the law and gave a reasoned explanation for his decision.”
“Unable to identify any legal problem with the Secretary’s reasoning, the Court imputes one by concluding that he must not be telling the truth,” he continued.