Post Enumeration Survey Reveals the Urgent Need to Bridge the Digital Divide 

Contact: Dena L. Craig, [email protected] 

WASHINGTON – Meeta Anand, senior director of census and data equity, issued the following statement following the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of additional results of its 2020 Census Post Enumeration Survey: 

“Census data shape the future of our communities. While the Post Enumeration Survey results released today reveal statistically significant over and undercounts in certain states, more data and demographic detail are needed for a full understanding of our communities and who does — or does not — have access to critical resources. The Census Bureau also needs to be adequately funded to ensure that inequities from inaccurate counts do not persist into 2030 and beyond.

“However, the results made clear that online self-responses to the 2020 Census yielded accurate data and represented the majority of all response options. Moving forward, Congress must provide universal, affordable broadband for households and communities to ensure all people can fully participate in and benefit from our democracy.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s previous statement on the initial release of the Post Enumeration Survey here, and a FAQ prepared by our sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, here.

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