Gallup: 7 in 10 Back English-Only ‘National Anthem’

By: E&P Staff

After “Nuestro Himno,” the Spanish-language version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was released last week, President George W. Bush said, “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English, and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

A new Gallup poll, conducted April 28-30, and released today, finds that nearly 7 in 10 Americans, 69%, say it is only appropriate to sing the national anthem in English, while 29% say it is appropriate for people to sing the song in Spanish.

There is an enormous age gap on this issue, however, with those 18 to 29 almost evenly split, while all older age groups strongly oppose the Spanish version.

“Self-described conservatives are more likely than moderates or liberals to say it is appropriate to only sing the national anthem in English,” Gallup reports.

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