According to survey results released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday, nearly half of white Republicans in the U.S. expressed feelings of discomfort if they heard people speaking a foreign language in public, The Hill reports.
47 percent of white respondents identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning indicated that they would feel bothered by “some” degree or “a lot” upon hearing someone speak a non-English language in public. In contrast, only 18 percent of white Democrat or Democrat-leaning respondents felt similarly.
And while 58 percent of white Democrats said they won’t feel bothered at all by hearing someone speak a foreign language in public, that number was only 26 percent for white Republicans.
Irrespective of political affiliation, 34 percent of white participants overall express discomfort at the prospect of hearing someone speak a non-english language in public, while the number was only 24 percent for black and Asian respondents, further shrinking to 14 percent among Hispanics.
The survey results come in the midst of viral videos depicting white individuals verbally attacking people publicly for speaking non-English languages. A New York City lawyer last year came under public criticism after a video showing him lashing out at Spanish-speaking employees and customers and threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement went viral. And earlier this year, a California gas station clerk was fired after being caught on video demanding that a Spanish-speaking customer prove her American citizenship.