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Support for English as official language grows three percent in one year.

May 14, 2010

A new survey this week from Rasmussen Reports finds that 87 percent of Americans favor making English the official language of the United States.  This is a 3 percent increase over a similar survey Rasmussen Reports conducted in May 2009.

Of the 1,000 adults surveyed, only nine percent oppose the measure, while four percent are not sure. The same survey showed that 83 percent of respondents believe that companies should be allowed to require their employees to speak English in the workplace. This support is backed by 95 percent of public sector employees and nearly seventy percent of government workers.

“I’m constantly encouraged by the growing support for making English our official language,” said Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of U.S. English. “America has a long tradition of immigrants learning English and it has always been our cultural bond. It’s time for politicians in Washington to finally listen to the eighty-seven percent of Americans who want this and vote to make English our official language.”

Polls over the last 20 years have found overwhelming support for making English the official language of the United States. To find out more information, see these polls from 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2004 or visit


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