Census Bureau

Results of the 1996 Race and Ethnic Targeted Test

Table I-31. Illustrative Approaches to Racial Classification of the Hispanic Population in the Hispanic Targeted Sample for Panel A and Panel E: 1996 RAETT
(See Appendix C, Introduction, for explanations of detailed tables)
Race Panel description Panel A Panel E Difference
(Panel E minus Panel A)
Sequence > Hispanic origin
question first
Combined
question
Multiracial category > No Yes
Race
instruction >
Mark
one
Mark
one
Estimate 90-percent
confidence level
  Count or
estimate
Standard
error
Count or
estimate
Standard
error
Lower
bound
Upper
bound
               
Mail return responses to race question 4,747   5,235        
               
Percent of responses              
               
Hispanic only 1/ 76.55 1.0 57.48 1.4 * -19.08 -21.80 -16.35
Hispanic - historical series 1/, 2/ 76.55 1.0 73.45 1.1 * -3.11 -5.58 -0.63
Hispanic - all inclusive 3/ 76.55 1.0 74.12 1.1 -2.44 -4.89 0.02
* Asterisk (if any) indicates that difference is statistically significant at the 90-percent confidence level.
1/ Separate questions on race and Hispanic origin, because they allow Hispanics to report any race, provide data on Hispanic origin that are most comparable to data from the all-inclusive approach. The estimate from the separate question in Panel A (76.55 percent) is also shown on the data lines for "Hispanic only" and "Hispanic - historical series" to permit comparison using each of the three illustrative approaches with estimates from the combined question in Panel E.
2/ Hispanic only; Hispanic and White; Hispanic and "Other race," and Hispanic and multiracial category; and Hispanic and two or more races, excluding Black, AIAN, and API.
3/ For Panel A with a separate question on Hispanic origin: responses of Hispanic. For panel E with a combined question on race and origin: Hispanic only, and Hispanic with any other response on race.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division and
Decennial Statistical Studies Division

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