Unless you're like most people, in which case a survey is an intrusion on a level of the no-knock raid or a prostate exam.
Skip this survey, though, and you could pay, big-time. It's called the American Community Survey, and if you're one of a lucky three million families, it's headed your way.
Ralph Lee, director of the Seattle Census office, says this survey is mandatory. If you get one of these forms, you are required by law to fill it out and return it. If you don't respond within a month, you'll be sent a second survey. If you don't respond by the second month, the Census office will try to call you. If they don't reach you, they might send someone to your house to try to collect the data.If you still refuse, you could be fined up to five thousand dollars.
Why no carrot, and such an awfully big stick?