Connor (fenoxielo524) wrote in linguaphiles,

One Nation, One Language?

Now, I realize this topic has already been covered here and on Language Log, but I was thinking about another aspect of this while watching a program on CNN today devoted to this very topic: Should the United States be "English only?" The program displayed a statistic that in 1965, 48% of those polled believed people should be allowed to vote in any language and 48% thought they shouldn't and should only vote in English (I'm aware those don't add up— that's all the information that was given on the program). They then mentioned a more recent poll (perhaps this year) that reported 41% of those polled believed people should be able to vote if they don't speak English and 53% (IIRC) that people should vote only in English. The thing that got me thinking was the two guests on the program: one was a Latino journalist whose first language was (by my guess) not English, and the other was Congressman Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado. The congressman mentioned in passing that he was not bilingual. I started to wonder if a poll like the one shown on the program has ever been accompanied by a question asking whether or not those polled were bilingual. Anyone know of such a poll?

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