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2020 US Elections: Latest Poll Data Shows Indian-Americans Continue To Sway Towards Democrats | World News


WASHINGTON: Asian-American voters, including Indian-Americans, continue to lean heavily toward the Democratic Party, with 54 percent saying they are inclined to vote for Joe Biden, 29 percent for Donald Trump and 16 percent undecided. according to the first survey conducted by AAPIData, which publishes policy research and demographic data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Restricting the analysis to those who have decided on a candidate in the next presidential race, 65% support Biden, 34% support Trump and 1% support another candidate.
The granular details of the survey, which ran from July 4 to August 16, will be released in September. But Indian-Americans, who tend to lean even more toward Democrats than other Asian-Americans, such as Vietnamese and Filipinos, will be encouraged by Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as a running mate, according to Professor Karthick. Ramakrishnan of the University of California at Riverside. who conducted the poll and who described her nomination as a “game changer.”
The choice of Democrats could counter Trump’s outreach to Indian-Americans through the Howdy Modi rally and his visit to India, Ramakrishnan said.
Ramakrishnan, who has studied Asian and Indian-American electoral trends for three election cycles dating back to 2008, noted that the latest poll results are consistent with past leanings, despite a marginal shift away from the Democratic Party. Claims by some Indian-American Trump supporters that there has been a big shift toward Republicans are dubious given the lack of details about his data and methodology, he said, noting that his own poll did not support the claim.
According to Ramakrishnan, there are nearly 1.8 million eligible Indian-American voters in the US, and they are present in large enough numbers in at least six swing states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida, to make a difference in the bottom line. .
They could be a factor even in traditional red states like Texas and Georgia, which some polls indicate could be at stake as well, given their relatively large numbers there.
Describing Harris’s nomination as a landmark moment, Ramakrishnan said he made a lot of progress among Asian-American donors and supporters in the course of his presidential campaign, and “we will probably see a lot more commitment in the coming months” in terms of raising money. funds from Indian Americans. Although President Trump had built on strong ties to India that his predecessors had established, Indian-Americans tend to vote more on domestic economic issues than on foreign policy, he added.
“The foreign policy of the United States is not registered as a priority for the Americans of Indian origin. Issues such as the economy, health care, immigration, racial profiling and education consistently rank in the top five priorities, ”he said.

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