Poll: Most in U.S. say it's essential that immigrants learn English

Similarly, Americans who themselves, or whose parents, immigrated to the U.S. are also less likely to believe immigrants should learn English. This is partly a function of Hispanics’ being much more likely than whites or blacks to be recent U.S. immigrants.

Although a majority of all political subgroups believe it is essential that immigrants learn to speak English, Republicans and conservatives are far more likely to hold this view than are Democrats and liberals.