Asian-American voters see the writing on the wall
Fueled by young voters, Asian-Americans are embracing Democrats in record numbers according to a new poll commissioned by several Asian-American organizations,reports Asma Khalid:
In fact, since 2012, there’s been a 12 point increase in the percent of Asian-Americans who identify as Democrat — from 35 percent to 47 percent.
Asian-Americans overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2012 — 73 percent to 26 percent — so these latest poll numbers suggest a crystallization of party ID among people who perhaps already lean Democrat.
But, the partisan divides are growing and particularly obvious among young Asians, who now view the Democratic party far more favorably than the Republican party (77 percent compared to 12 percent).
The piece notes that Asian-Americans have typically been considered more of a swing vote, which makes the shift toward a Democratic party ID even more striking. In fact, as recently as the 2014 midterms, exit polls showed Asian Americans leaning slightly Republican. But unsurprisingly, they appear to have been repelled by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim campaign.
This survey shows 19 percent of Asian-Americans have a favorable opinion of the de facto Republican nominee Donald Trump, compared to 62 percent for Clinton.