Record turnout of Asian-American voters

December 13th, 2012 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

(Phys.org)—Asian American voters showed an enthusiastic and rapidly growing electorate that turned out for candidates and issues that impact Asian American and Pacific Islander families and communities, according to preliminary findings of a post-election poll released today (Dec. 12).

The preliminary report, "Behind the Numbers: Post-Election Survey of Asian American in 2012," was released by the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, along with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and the National Asian American Survey (NAAS). The NAAS was directed by Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside.

The survey was conducted in nine , in addition to English and Spanish, and is the most comprehensive of its kind. It demonstrates the strength, breadth and depth of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters, many of whom showed no party affiliation but still broke by 71 percent for President Barack Obama. The preliminary report can be found at www.advancingequality.org/files/2012_12_Preliminary_Report_AAPI_Voting_FINAL.pdf.

"These post-election findings unequivocally show the growing significance of the AAPI vote, and that AAPIs have the strength in numbers and political conviction to make a marginal difference in elections.  Enterprising policy and political leaders should recognize the strategic potential represented by our community," said Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC.

The report includes 2,785 interviews and builds on pre-election polls conducted by AAJC, APIA Vote and NAAS that showed an increase in voter enthusiasm, high levels of support for key issues such as healthcare, education and the economy, and an unprecedented number of undecided voters within the Asian American community.

"In-language surveys of the community remain important," Ramakrishnan said.  "Nearly one in two registered voters in our survey took it in an Asian language. Major national surveys that poll Asian Americans exclusively in English are getting only part of the picture."

"It's time for us to rethink how we conduct voter surveys to include the AAPI voting population," said Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote.  "This election showed record levels of engagement by our communities, and this momentum will translate into mobilization for local elections in 2013."

A full report, with detailed findings and analysis based on 7,000 interviews and information broken out by national origin, will be released in early 2013.

The preliminary post-election poll report's key findings include:

Provided by University of California - Riverside

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