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Clinton Holds 41-Point Lead Over Trump Among Asian-American Voters

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Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a lead over Donald Trump amongst Asian-American voters.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 41-point lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump among Asian-American registered voters headed into November’s presidential election, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Fall 2016 National Asian American Survey, taken between Aug. 10 and Sept. 29 in 11 different languages, found that 55 percent of registered voters intended to vote for Clinton compared to 14 percent for Trump. Eight percent intended to vote for a different candidate, and 16 percent had not yet decided, according to the survey. Seven percent of registered voters declined to give an answer.

In a swing scenario — where a voter is still undecided — Clinton’s lead grows to 43 points, with 59 percent of registered voters intending to or leaning toward voting for Clinton compared to 16 percent for Trump and 16 percent who were undecided or refused to answer.

“The big takeaway is a continuation of what we saw in the Spring 2016 survey — an Asian-American population that was become more Democratic over time,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, the survey’s director, said. “We see that Trump is likely a significant reason for that shift. Trump’s unfavorables are like nothing we’ve seen before.”

The survey found that 67 percent of surveyed voters had a “very unfavorable” or “unfavorable” opinion of Trump, compared to 36 percent for Clinton.

When poised to account for the greatest issue facing the United States, 26 percent of respondents said that the economy was most important, followed by 12 percent saying national security, and 10 percent saying racism, with 23 percent of Asian-American voters under the age of 34 said that racism was the most important issue facing the country. Fifty-eight percent of respondents has a “very unfavorable” or “unfavorable” opinion of the Republican party, while nine percent held “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” views. Regarding the Democratic party, 30 percent of respondents held “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” views compared to 60 percent who had “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” views.

“The electorate is important, one, for the presidential election, there are a few states like Virginia and Nevada and North Carolina where they will likely help to determine the outcome,” Ramakrishnan said. “Even in states with a smaller Asian-American population like Ohio and Florida, they could play a role given how close those races are.”

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

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U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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