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Americans Strongly Favor English as Official Language

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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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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