With a number that high, I thought the poll must have been conducted in a country other than the U.S., but it was done right here in America:

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Americans say English should be the official language of the United States. Only nine percent (9%) disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seven percent (7%) are not sure.

The support for English as the country’s official language remains steady from three years ago.

Eighty-one percent (81%) say a U.S. company should be allowed to require employees to speak English on the job, up four points from November 2007. Thirteen percent (13%) disagree.

Eighty-two percent (82%) also reject the idea that requiring people to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry, up three points from 2007. Just 10% think such a requirement is racist or bigoted.

I can’t help but wonder if this poll was conducted using respondents who only spoke English.

A pollster called me with this question and I had a little fun with him:

“Should English be the official language of the U.S.?”

“Si.”

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