In advance of the census on Sunday evening, I would like to raise awareness regarding the CSO guidelines on how to answer accurately one question.
Question 12 asks, “What is your religion?” The CSO guidelines state: “This question is not about frequency of attendance at church or other place of worship. People should answer the question based on how they feel now about their religious beliefs, if any. The question is asking about the person’s current religion or beliefs and not about the religion the person may have been brought up with.”
The census results are used by the government (if we ever have one!) to inform policy and planning. Thus, an accurate portrayal of the country’s religious beliefs is essential, in particular to support change in the area of religious patronage of schools.
A suffragette sleepover, 1911.
A ‘can’t vote, won’t register’ sinister fringe.
Is your great granny among them?
Padraig O Morain writes:
Didn’t strike me until today that the Census of 1911, which Irish people pore over in search of their recent ancestors, excludes those suffragettes who refused to fill in the form because of the failure to extend the vote to women.
Refusal was illegal and at one meeting suffragettes informed a policeman present that they intended to hire submarines and airplanes to take them out of the country on census night…
Plans for night-time picnics in the Dublin mountains, so that they could evade the census takers (who, in Ireland, were policemen), didn’t materialise because of bad weather.
Some women did, however, sleep out in non-residential buildings that night so that they wouldn’t be home when the policeman called – the photo, above [supplied by the author] shows a group of them. The point, anyway, is that if you can’t find your great-granny in the Census returns she was probably a Women’s Libber.
“They had a way with words back in Census 1871, just a wee snapshot of some of the descriptions used under the Religion / Note tab from a parish in Meath…”
The ‘Witch’ anyone?
A Fine Gael TD has asked the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for information on the number of people who claimed their religion was that of ‘Jedi knight’ in last year’s Census.
Dublin Deputy Eoghan Murphy made the request (yesterday) at a sitting of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee.
He queried whether the Census form returns inaccurate data, as it would allow people to indicate a religion which was not a recognised faith.
You mean like the Pagan Federation and the Spiritualist Union?
(Hat tip: David Hayes)
Everyone from doormen to hipsters may be to blame for New York City coming up short in the Census count this year — and they may have lost the city billions in federal funding.
New Yorkers slammed the 2010 Census when it was released in March. It showed there are only 8.1 million city residents, which city demographers say is far less than the 8.4 million people who actually live here.
Councilwoman Diana Reyna theorized that “hipsters” may be part of the cause for the inconsistency of the Census numbers, stating that some of them “only want to be counted in their home state.” She also added that they might not participate in the Census because it wouldn’t be “cool.”