Poll finds Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers lean to­ward Clin­ton

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By PAUL WELITZKIN in New York paulwelitzkin@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton is poised to cap­ture an over­whelm­ing num­ber of Asian Amer­i­can vot­ers in the US pres­i­den­tial race on Nov 8 over Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, ac­cord­ing to a new poll from APIA Vote.

Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, is fa­vored by 55 per­cent of the Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers in the poll com­pared to 14 per­cent for Trump; 8 per­cent in­tend to vote for another can­di­date, and 16 per­cent were un­de­cided.

Among the Chi­nese in the 2016 Na­tional Asian Amer­i­can Sur­vey, 52 per­cent said they will vote for Clin­ton, 11 per­cent for Trump, 13 per­cent for oth­ers and 15 per­cent who don’t know. When fac­tor­ing in those lean­ing to­ward a can­di­date, APIA Vote ex­pects Clin­ton to cap­ture 59 per­cent of Asian-Amer­i­can votes com­pared to 16 per­cent for Trump and 10 per­cent for other can­di­dates.

APIA Vote or Asian and Pa­cific Is­lan­der Amer­i­can Vote, is a non­par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to mo­bi­lize Asian Amer­i­cans and Pa­cific Is­lan­ders to par­tic­i­pate in the Amer­i­can elec­toral sys­tem.

James Lai, pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at Santa Clara Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia, said Clin­ton is ahead in the poll be­cause Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers are in­creas­ingly iden­ti­fy­ing with the Demo­cratic Party and they have an un­fa­vor­able view of Trump’s po­si­tions on im­mi­gra­tion.

“Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers are the only racial group to have a per­cent­age in­crease in their votes for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date dur­ing each pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cy­cle from 1992 (31 per­cent for Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton) to the 2012 re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Obama (73 per­cent),” Lai said in an email. “Trump’s anti-im­mi­grant rhetoric, at­tack on China’s mone­tary poli­cies, are viewed un­fa­vor­ably among Asian Amer­i­cans who are nat­u­ral­ized ci­ti­zens and reg­is­tered vot­ers.”

Clin­ton has a large ad­van­tage over Trump when it comes to younger Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers. Among the 18-34 age group, Clin­ton has 61 per­cent to 8 per­cent for Trump, and 14 per­cent for other can­di­dates.

“They have been trend­ing heav­ily to­ward the Demo­cratic Party, which is another warn­ing sign for the GOP as it tries to change the im­age of its party. The Demo­cratic Party has done a more ef­fec­tive job in con­nect­ing to young vot­ers, not only Asian Amer­i­cans, with the is­sues that they stand for re­lated to the econ­omy/ jobs, di­ver­sity and col­lege debt,” said Lai.

Asian-Amer­i­can vot­ers iden­ti­fied the econ­omy/jobs, ter­ror­ism/na­tional se­cu­rity, and racism or dis­crim­i­na­tion as their top is­sues, while im­mi­gra­tion was ranked fairly low.

“My opin­ion is that many Asian Amer­i­cans who are im­mi­grants don’t think about im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy as it is cur­rently framed around the un­doc­u­mented once they fi­nally en­ter the US, which is typ­i­cally through the tra­di­tional visa process,” said Lai. “We know that un­doc­u­mented im­mi­gra­tion also in­cludes Asian Amer­i­cans (nearly 1.3 mil­lion in the US are un­doc­u­mented), but this is not to the same ex­tent as Lati­nas/Lati­nos, par­tic­u­larly Mex­i­can Amer­i­cans.

“Most of th­ese un­doc­u­mented Asian im­mi­grants are those whose work visas ex­pire,” Lai said. “As a re­sult, Asian Amer­i­cans don’t view im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies around un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants to the same de­gree as to how this is­sue is be­ing framed and asked.”

The poll re­sults are from the 2016 Na­tional Asian Amer­i­can Sur­vey, a na­tion­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive sur­vey of 2,238 Asian Amer­i­can and 305 Na­tive Hawai­ian and Pa­cific Is­lan­der (NHPI) adult in­ter­views con­ducted by tele­phone from Aug 10 to Sept 29. The APIAVote re­port fo­cuses on the 1,694 Asian Amer­i­can and 261 NHPI reg­is­tered vot­ers who took the sur­vey, with an over­all mar­gin of er­ror +/- 3.5 per­cent.

Asian In­dian, Cam­bo­dian, Chi­nese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, Ja­panese, Viet­namese, and na­tive Hawai­ian and Pa­cific Is­lan­der reg­is­tered vot­ers were part of the sur­vey.

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