Ninety-five percent (95%) of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat important for all Americans to speak English, at least as a second language. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 80% believe it is Very Important.
Just 4% of voters say it’s not very important while 1% say not at all important.
These results are consistent with data released earlier showing Americans overwhelmingly believe that immigrants should both assimilate and become part of American culture while retaining their own unique cultural heritage.
There are only modest differences along demographic lines when it comes to the importance of learning English. For example, just 69% of voters under 35 believe it is Very Important for all Americans to speak English. But, 91% of them believe it is at least Somewhat Important (see question wording and crosstab results).
For clarity, the survey asked whether it was important for immigrants to learn English. We did not ask if English should be made the official language of the United States.
Other data shows that 62% of voters believe that American culture has been created and shaped by blending many varied and separate cultures over the years. Just 22% disagree and believe that it is a white culture derived from our English heritage.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters are proud of American history. Yet, the vast majority recognize there are many strands of that history, some noble and some shameful. When asked which of these strands was the most important, 66% said the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.
This survey was conducted to further ScottRasmussen.com’s mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 31-February 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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