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Asian American Electorate Largely Ignored in Key Races

Posted: Nov 06, 2012

 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 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. Read more here.

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