77% Say Employers Can Require English-Only on the Job

Rasmussen Reports, November 24, 2007

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of American voters say companies should be allowed to require employees to speak English while on the job. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that only 14% disagree while 9% are not sure (see crosstabs).

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Eighty-two percent (82%) of White voters believe employers should be allowed to require English on the job. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of African-Americans agree. However, other Americans, primarily Hispanic, are evenly divided. Just 45% believe English-only requirements should be allowed while 47% disagree.

Those who disagree include the federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). {snip}

Just 13% of American voters believe that requiring workers to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry. Seventy-nine percent (79%) disagree.

A separate survey found that 77% of Americans believe that immigrants moving to the United States should “adopt America’s culture, language, and heritage.” Just 13% say immigrants should “try to maintain the culture, language, and heritage of their own country.”

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Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe that election ballots and other official government documents should be printed in English only. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree and say documents should be printed in both English and Spanish.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters say it Very Important for people living in the United States to speak English. Another 11% say it is Somewhat Important.

[Editor’s Note: The questions and top-line answers can be read here.]

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