A new poll in which the respondents surveyed seem to lean strongly toward the Left found that respondents clearly favored the Trump administration on one huge issue: including a question on the national census that asked whether the respondent was an American citizen.
The Economist/YouGov poll asked, “Do you think the federal government should or should not ask people whether they are American citizens as part of the 2020 census?”53% of respondents said that the federal government should indeed ask that question, with only 32% disagreeing and 14% unsure.
To give an indication of just how left-leaning the respondents surveyed were, when asked what they thought of the nine Supreme Court justices, the justices gaining far and away the highest approval ratings were leftists Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, while the conservative justices lagged far behind; 53% of respondents said Roe v. Wade should not be overturned; 45% of respondents opposed President Trump’s policies while only 33% approved, and most tellingly, 37% said they would vote in their state’s Democratic Primary this year with only 27% saying the same of voting in their state’s GOP primary. 43% of respondents said they would vote for whomever the Democratic presidential nominee will be in 2020 as opposed to 34% who would vote for President Trump.
Pew Research noted that the reason the Justice Department wants the question included on the census is that it uses data about eligible voters to help enforce protections for minority voters under the federal Voting Rights Act.
In June 2018, the ACLU announced it was filing a federal lawsuit to prevent the federal government from asking on the U.S. census whether the respondent is a U.S. citizen. Ceridwen Cherry, Staff Attorney, ACLU Voting Rights Project, wrote, “Manipulating the census to discriminate against and disadvantage certain groups violates both the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection and the constitutional obligation that the census counts every living person in the United States, not just every citizen.”
The Daily Wire reported on January 15:
Judge Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from his previously announced proposal to include on the 2020 census a question about U.S. citizenship status. The decennial census has not included such a question since 1960. After finding standing for the plaintiffs, Judge Furman found Secretary Ross’s resuscitation of the citizenship inquiry to be in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The APA, the statutory cornerstone of modern administrative law, governs the regulation promulgation—or “rulemaking”—process for the various and sundry agencies of the federal government. Judge Furman’s voluminous 277-page opinion did not find against the Trump administration on any constitutional grounds.
After the Supreme Court indicated in April that they supported the census including the citizenship question, Michelle Malkin noted:
It’s the radical left, much of it fueled with Soros’ money, that has hijacked the U.S. Census, not President Donald Trump. “No Illegal Immigrant Left Behind” is crucial to their strategy. Why?
Remember: The Census is used to divvy up seats in the House as a proportion of their population based on the head count. The redistribution of power extends to presidential elections because the Electoral College is pegged to the size of congressional delegations. More people equal more seats. More illegal immigrants equal more power. Indeed, the Center for Immigration Studies determined that in the 2000 election cycle, the presence of noncitizens (illegal immigrants, temporary visitors and green card holders) caused nine seats in the House to switch hands. California added six seats it would not have had otherwise. Texas, New York and Florida each gained a seat. Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each lost a seat. Montana, Kentucky and Utah each failed to secure a seat they would otherwise have gained.
But in late June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to enjoin the Trump administration from including a question about a person’s citizenship status on the 2020 census; Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Trump administration did not provide adequate reasoning for including the citizenship question on the 2020 census. Fox News reported, “The court said the administration’s explanation for adding such a question is insufficient and sent it back to the lower courts for further consideration.”
President Trump immediately responded by saying he would delay the census, stating, “Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able to ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!”