San Francisco / Washington:
According to a poll released on Tuesday, sixty percent of Indian Americans are in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election, compared to 28% who only like Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
Indispora and the Asian American Pacific Islands (AAPI) data, a non-profit member organization of global Indian expatriate leaders, released their joint report on the outlook of Indian American voters in the upcoming US-American presidential election on Tuesday.
“Currently 66 percent of Indian American Vice Presidents Biden, 28 percent are in favor of President Donald Trump, and 6 percent were undecided. In the 2016 presidential election, 77 percent voted for Secretary Hillary Clinton, and 16 percent voted for Trump. Did. If remaining. The voters broke into the same pattern they have created in their minds, which would secure 70 percent of the vote compared to 30 percent for Biden Trump, “the report read.
Election experts say Democrats should be concerned about the concern of Indian American voters, considering the overall percentage numbers for Democrats to support Obama in 2012 could be dropped below 84 percent and 77 percent who Hillary Clinton has supported 2016, compared to 66 percent support. Former Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, President Trump’s vote percentage increased from 16 percent to 28 percent in 2016.
“I think Democrats should definitely be concerned about making sure that they conduct enough outreach for Indian Americans that they conduct adequate outreach for various groups including bases and Indian Americans. Are included because each vote is going to count exclusively in those battleground states, ”said the king. Krishnamurthy, a Democrat Congressman.
An Indian American himself and a representative of the state of Illinois, Raja Krishnamurthy further stated that the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina may be factors in this election. King Krishnamurthy continued, “And because of this I think the Joe Biden campaign will have to be particularly circumspect.”
The survey report is also due to factors such as the strong political power of Indian American voters in the US and their rapidly growing population and increased political participation.
Indispora founder MR Rangaswamy said, “With a focus on the Indian American vote, given our growing numbers, political contributions and increasing political contributions, we want to shed light on issues that are really important to Indian American voters Huh.”
The report, which results from a survey of 260 Asian Indian registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, found that the issues that topped the list of Indian Americans in this election included education, jobs and the economy, health care, and the environment. .
The report also emerges as one of the fastest growing minority groups in the US of Indian American voters, with significant numbers in “battleground” states.
“Indian Americans are positioned to differentiate into several swing states that may be close in this election, such as Florida (87,000), Pennsylvania (61,000), Georgia (57,000), Michigan (45,000), and North Carolina. (36,000), and perhaps also Texas, which has 160,000 Indian-American voters, “Dr. Karthik Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside and founder of AAPI Data, said. “Given the historic Vice President nomination of Senator Kamala Harris, as well as the highly publicized rallies that President Trump and Prime Minister Modi held together, the high turnout could bring a drastic change in this election.”
Currently, there are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the US who are eligible voters. As of 2019, approximately 310,000 Indian green card holders are in a backlog for citizenship, and another 310,000 Indian residents in the US are in a backlog to obtain their green cards.
In addition, Indian-American political engagement extended to many regions, with a fifth of Indian registered voters saying they contacted their representative or government official in the US this year, 74 percent discussed politics with family and friends, and a quarter surveyed In this year a donation was made to a candidate, political party or campaign. By the end of June 2020, Indian Americans had donated at least USD3 million to the 2020 presidential campaigns.
In this election, both Democratic and Republican parties excluded Indian Americans, with 56 percent of Indian-American registered voters polled, saying they had been approached by the Democratic Party in the past year, and 48 percent said they had Republican Party. Was contacted by . This is a significant increase from 2016, when only 31 percent of Indian Americans said they had been approached by a political party, while 44 percent were white voters and 42 percent black voters.
In addition, several hundred Indian American candidates are also running for office in record numbers at the federal, state and local levels.
Indispora founder MR Rangaswamy said, “Given the growing political importance of the Indian diaspora in America, it is no surprise that they are placed on both sides of the aisle.” “It’s great that both major political parties have begun to realize how important it is to reach Indian Americans – our influence is only going to increase over time.”