Asian American Election Eve Poll Shows Asian American Electorate Largely Ignored, but Major Factor in Key Races

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Rebecca Katz, 917-699-1456 
Washington, DC—While the majority of Asian Americans were not asked by any campaign, political party or community organization to vote or to register to vote, their party affiliation is split — and their votes were largely up for grabs this cycle, a new poll shows.
Only 41% of Asian American voters consider themselves to be Democrats, according to the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development’s (National CAPACD) Asian American Election Eve Poll.  Yet an even lower 14% consider themselves to be Republican and 29% consider themselves Independent.
51% of Asian American voters reported that they were not contacted by GOTV efforts; however, of those contacted, one third was contacted by community organizations. With minimal party outreach to this critical demographic, community organizations have taken on an inflated role in voter registration and education efforts among the overlooked Asian American community.
“Community organizations’ efforts are especially critical in getting Asian Americans to the polls when traditional party vehicles ignore this demographic,” said Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National CAPACD. “National CAPACD sent vital resources to 25 groups in 14 states over the election season to help educate Asian American voters and get them to the polls on Election Day.” 
Asian Americans singled out the economy and healthcare as the most important issues of the election, with 58% reporting “fix the economy/create more jobs” as the top issue our politicians must address. Asian American voters also overwhelmingly supported increasing housing affordability, with nearly 70% of Asian Americans strongly or somewhat supporting a federal program to build new or rehab existing homes that low-income people can afford to rent.
26% of Asian American voters favored increasing taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the deficit, while 45% would like to combine these tax hikes with spending cuts — but do not think spending cuts alone will solve the budget deficit.
Although Asian American voters do not solidly identify with either party, they did largely agree on which candidate is more favorable. While 47% of Asian American voters said they believe Barack Obama truly cares about them, only 14% believe Mitt Romney does.
The detailed findings of this in-depth research will be released tomorrow, November 7 at 12 PM PST/3 PM EST during a webinar. To register, go to:
About The Asian American Election Eve Poll
National CAPACD and AALDEF contracted with Latino Decisions, an opinion research firm, to conduct a nonpartisan survey of Asian American voters. The poll was conducted from November 2-4, 2012, and is meant to provide a more accurate profile of the Asian American electorate and its voting preferences. A nationally representative sample of 800 respondents from six Asian ethnic groups — Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese American voters — was interviewed. Interviews were held in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese) and included states with large or fast-growing Asian American populations, such as California, New York, Hawaii, Washington, Texas, and Florida.