Disastrous for researchers
Researchers were resentful of CBS for giving in to the criticism so quickly. They called it a disaster for scientific debate. Sociologist Herman Vuijsje opined that it was a ‘careless termination of time series data so valuable for scientific analysis’. The author placed the CBS’ reaction in the context of the longstanding Dutch tradition of ‘retreating before the rebellious mob before one shot has been fired’. Others thought that central data registration had become a taboo subject. Without comprehensive censuses it would now never be possible to get a complete picture of the target groups of minority policies. Added to this, in the end it had been unnecessary to give in: it later turned out that only 7 percent of non-respondents in the 1981 pilot census had refused because of privacy concerns and fear of misuse of information. By far most had given the reason ‘No interest in surveys’ when declining to take part.