US Census workers are humans too
(East Coast USA)
3 years in to retirement and after a difficult adjustment, I finally found a well-paying part time temporary job as a Census enumerator.
It's a job with meaning (I need that) as the numbers determine, among other things, our representation in Congess and federal funding for local schools, roads, and hospitals.
Here's the hard part: it amazes me how rude and mean people feel free to be!
My best hope is that they are ignorant of the purpose of the Census and would be more civil if they understood.
Before a word is out of my mouth, although I have an i.d. badge and Census bag like you see on tv, they shout things like, "Go away," or "Get off my property" and slam a door or the window through which they shout.
The training led me to expect this and not take it personally, but I am still human, and even with this perspective, it hurts a little.
We enumerators must be polite and I am, even to the nastiest.
One or two respondents have even kindly offered me water, which I appreciate more than is imaginable! (I carry my own.)
This doesn't begin to address COVID-19 issues, but I think most people are familiar with that.
So, please, if an enumerator comes knocking, remember to be civil to the person who works for YOU!
If the Census Bureau had received your response we wouldn't be there, you are legally required to respond, your information is well-protected, it can be done anonymously, and we really only need to know how many people live at the address.
I could be your mother, sister, brother, son, etc. so please treat me as you would want them to be treated.
I work on your behalf!