NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 10, 1978
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(Studio) Constitutional requirement with regard to upcoming census noted. Attributes of census listed. Cost of 1980 census reported to be 4 times that of 1970 census. Inflation and population increase noted as factors in incrd. cost.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Birth rate in United States reported; film shown. Incr. in use of census noted; details given. Role of census in determining federal aid given as example [Representative Robert GARCIA - comments on reasons for undercount of 1970 census. Vietnam and race relations mentioned.] Preparation by census workers noted. Dress rehearsal for census reported held in lower Manhattan; multi-lingual signs about census shown. [DISC JOCKEY - speaks in Spanish.] Efforts to count people with no fixed address noted; others to be counted by mail. Census questions listed on screen. Results of Manhattan rehearsal given. Reasons for lack of response to questionnaire listed. [GARCIA - says people suspicious of what happens to census forms.] [Census Bureau director Manual PLOTKIN - talks about confidentiality of census forms.] Security of census information noted; film shown. Protection of indivs. noted as provided by strict privacy laws. Many Americans noted fearing future use of census information against them. Impossibility of getting accurate 1980 census noted.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine
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