SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian-Americans are among the most ardent supporters of the Democratic Party, according to a recent study conducted by The Center for American Progress and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
The study surveyed Asian-American voters from the Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino communities and immigrants from India.
In the past decade, the number of Asian-American voters in the country nearly doubled to 3.9 million in 2012 from 2 million, effectively making the demographic among the most rapid developing voting bodies in the U.S.
The researchers asked Indian-Americans how they planned to vote in the upcoming general election. Close to 60 percent of those polled said they held the Republican Party in disregard, only 17 percent said they viewed the party’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, favorably. The remaining 24 percent had no opinion.
At the same time, Indian-Americans had a completely opposite opinion of the Democratic Party — 65 percent viewed the party favorably and only 17 percent unfavorably, according to the survey.
President Obama has enjoyed intense popularity among the Indian-American community, where 83 percent of those surveyed held him in positive esteem. His would-be predecessors, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, received a 64 and 63 percent approval rating among Indian-Americans, while Donald Trump received just 22 percent.
When asked if they would support a candidate with a strong voice of anti-immigration, 43 percent of the Indian-Americans polled said no. Additionally, when asked “if a political candidate expressed strong anti-Muslim views, and you agreed with him or her on other issues, would you still vote for that candidate, or would you vote for someone else,” 59 percent of Indian-Americans said they’d vote for someone else.