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“Recently on campus, an increasing number of organizations have been campaigning for various causes, some more aggressively than others. For example, representatives from the Census Bureau have been stationed around campus asking students whether they have filled out their census forms.”

Recently on campus, an increasing number of organizations have been campaigning for various causes, some more aggressively than others.
For example, representatives from the Census Bureau have been stationed around campus asking students whether they have filled out their census forms. It seems as though the pursuit for completed forms will not cease until the maximum amount of respondents have been tapped.
In addition, petitioners against animal cruelty have been scouring the campus for signatures in support of an animal rights bill. Petitioners ask students if they are registered to vote and then pose the question of whether they will agree to sign a petition.
While intentions are undoubtedly honorable, perhaps it would be wise for such organizations to seek support in a less forward manner.
The Census Bureau practically bombarded students on campus, pressing the issue so that respondents felt obligated to fill out the form.
Although demographics are important and people should fill out census forms, the representatives are meeting success by means that are less admirable, such as keeping people from entering buildings until forms are completed.
It is necessary to count citizens so that cities can plan things like public transportation and building capacities accordingly. What is not quite as necessary is the employees of the Census Bureau blocking doorways until respondents answer the endlessly repeated Have you filled out your census form yet?