Asian American voters prioritise candidate’s policies over race

The survey also found that Indian diaspora voters in the U.S. were most bothered by inflation.

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A nationwide Pew Research Organization survey found that nearly all Asian American registered voters consider a candidate’s policy positions over their race or ethnicity when heading to the polls to cast a vote.

According to the survey, 97 per cent of the respondents were of this opinion, and the sentiment remains strong among all major demographic subgroups of Asian registered voters. The findings showed that only 2 per cent of these voters gave more weightage to race or ethnicity while casting a vote.

The survey also asked respondents if it was important to have a national leader advancing the concerns of the U.S.-Asian community. 31 per cent said it was less important while 68 per cent said it was extremely/very important to have a leader who could address the concerns on a national level.

Among the major issues reported by the Indian diaspora voters in the U.S., inflation was the most mentioned, followed by violent crime, racism or racial discrimination, and climate change whereas terrorism or national security remained the least of their worries.

The research’s results come at a time when two candidates of South Asian ancestry, Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, are contending for a GOP presidential primary nomination ahead of the 2024 presidential elections. The survey also found that the majority of Asian registered voters, 62 per cent, are Democrat-leaning, while 34 per cent are Republican leaners.

The survey was conducted among 7,006 voters of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent between July 5, 2022, and January 27, 2023. 









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