Washington, DC—U.S. English is pleased to release the results of a new poll showing overwhelming support for English as the official language of West Virginia.

This most recent language policy poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, found that 87 percent of West Virginia residents support legislation that would declare English the official language of the Mountain State. This support extends to 81 percent of Democrats, 85 percent of Independents and 97 percent of Republicans.

Furthermore, 93 percent of poll respondents indicated that English proficiency is necessary for an immigrant residing in the state.

In response to the poll results, U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica said, “As one of just 19 states without an official language policy, West Virginia residents have now spoken loud and clear in support of the unifying role of the English language. With state residents speaking more than 80 different languages, recognizing English as the official language of government will open the doors of communication and allow residents to truly embrace their diversity. I urge all members of the West Virginia State Legislature to hear the voice of their constituents and support Official English legislation this year.”

The survey of 1,000 likely voters in West Virginia was conducted on January 19-20, 2015 with a margin of error of +/- 3.0% and a 95% level of confidence. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC.

U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.