WASHINGTON (Diya TV) – A new poll published July 10th reveals President Biden maintains a lead over former President Trump among Asian American voters, though Biden’s support has dropped by eight points since the 2020 election. Conducted by APIAVote, AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, and AARP, the survey shows that 46% of Asian American registered voters will likely vote for Biden, down from 54% in 2020, while 31% are likely to vote for Trump, a slight increase from 30% in 2020.

Despite high intentions to vote, with 90% planning to participate in November, 42% of respondents reported no contact from either party or their candidates. This lack of outreach is notable given the crucial role Asian American voters played in the 2020 election.

The survey also highlighted significant concerns among Asian American voters. Major issues include jobs and the economy (86% consider it extremely or very important), inflation (85%), healthcare (85%), and crime (80%). Additionally, 68% expressed worry about hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination.

For Asian American voters, Democratic candidates are generally preferred, with 51% support for the House and 50% for the Senate, compared to 30% for Republican candidates in both cases.

Christine Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of APIAVote, emphasized the need for political campaigns to engage more effectively with Asian American voters. “What these results show is that despite Asian American voters’ growing influence and decisive role in recent elections, they are largely still being ignored by campaigns and political parties.”

Karthick Ramakrishnan, Executive Director of AAPI Data, pointed out the dynamic nature of this electorate. “Asian Americans are rapidly diversifying the American electorate, and it is critical for us to update our understanding of what motivates them and informs their voting choices.” 

John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, called for politicians to better understand and address their issues. “Politicians too often overlook us in the civic engagement process, where in many cases, our right to vote is suppressed, compromised, or questioned. What this survey tells us is that politicians need to reach out to the Asian American community, and accurately understand and address our issues if they want to win our votes.”

The findings were presented ahead of APIAVote’s Presidential Town Hall in Philadelphia on July 13th, an event aimed at facilitating direct engagement between presidential candidates and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The survey, conducted with 2,479 Asian American voters, utilized a mix of online and phone responses, ensuring a comprehensive representation of the six largest ethnic groups. The data were carefully weighted to reflect key demographic factors and the party distribution of registered voters.