Americans Strongly Favor English as Official Language
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Michigan recently introduced legislation to make English the official state language, making it one of 32 states to do so, while a bill to do the same on a national level was reintroduced in Congress last year. As they have for more than a decade, most Americans support such legislation.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 81% of American Adults think English should be the official language of the United States. Since 2006, this number has ranged from a high of 87% to a low of 83%. Just 12% do not think English should be the country’s official language. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports and ProEnglish. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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