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Anti-Census Sentiment

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It's no secret that census takers are in a dangerous line of work. But you may be surprised at just how risky their jobs have gotten as they go door-to-door trying to reach some of the more elusive households. The Washington Post reports there have been 379 assaults or threats on Census Bureau workers during the 2010 count, compared to 181 a decade ago. Which of the following weapons do you think angry citizens wielded during the latest attacks:

a. A crossbow

b. A patio table

c. A baseball bat

d. A pit bull

e. All of the above

Check back this afternoon for the answer.

Amelia Gruber covered management and contracting for Government Executive for three years before becoming an editor. She also has worked as an editor at Roll Call newspaper and as a research assistant at the Urban Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, with a major in economics, and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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