The new National Asian American Survey shows that Asian-American registered voters are increasingly identifying as Democrats. The Democratic edge over Republicans has increased by 11 percentage poi… - From FiveThirtyEight
The Democratic edge over Republicans has increased by 11 percentage points since 2012, according to the NAAS, which was released last week.
The 2016 survey also found that 59 percent of respondents favor Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential election while only 16 percent prefer Donald Trump — 26 percent are either undecided or favor a third-party candidate.1 The NAAS is significant because good data on the political preferences of Asian-Americans is hard to come by.
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee released a report calling on the party to do a better job connecting with minority populations.
But he said that the polarizing nature of this year’s GOP presidential nominee seems to be nullifying any gains Republicans might have made and that support among Asian-Americans for the GOP may be lower now than in 2012.
Trump’s effect on the concerns of Asian-Americans may be evident in an open-ended NAAS question that asks respondents to name the “most important problem facing the United States.” Ten percent of registered voters in the NAAS said “racism or racial discrimination,” the third-most-common answer, behind the economy and national security.