Nearly half of white Republicans in the United States said they would be bothered if they heard someone speak a foreign language in public, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday.
According to Pew survey, 47 percent of white respondents who identified as Republican or Republican-leaning say it would bother them “some” or “a lot” to “hear people speak a language other than English in a public place.” Eighteen percent of white Democrats said they would be similarly bothered.
Fifty-eight percent of white Democrats said that they wouldn’t be bothered at all by hearing someone speak in a foreign language in a public. Twenty-six percent of white Republicans also answered the same.
The survey found that 34 percent of all white respondents said they would be bothered hearing someone speak in a foreign language in public.
Twenty-four percent of black respondents, and the same percentage of Asians surveyed, also said they would be bothered; 14 percent of Hispanics said the same.
Sixty-eight percent of Hispanic respondents said they wouldn’t be bothered if they heard a person speak in a language that was not English in public. Half of Asian respondents said the same, as well as 48 percent of black respondents and 41 percent of white respondents.
Of the Hispanic respondents polled not born in the U.S., 76 percent said this would not bother them at all. Sixty-one percent of Hispanics who were born in the U.S. said the same.