n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
US President Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images

President Barack Obama won the support of an estimated 2.3 million of Asian American voters to Republican challenger Mitt Romney's estimated 900,000 votes, or 71 percent to 28 percent, according to a new poll.

However, the country's fastest growing ethnic group is not wedded to either party, according to the survey released Wednesday by the Asian American Justice Centre, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote and the National Asian American Survey.

Obama's biggest break came among voters whose top issues were immigration, the environment and civil rights, but the most important issue to all voters surveyed was "economy and jobs".

According to the post-election survey, 46 percent of registered voters polled and 43 percent of those who voted in the 2012 election said they do not identify with either major party.

"Still, one of the persistent dynamics of the Asian American electorate is its continued potential for persuasion by candidates of either party," the poll said.

In a raft of current and projected swing states - including North Carolina, Virginia and Florida - the Asian American population's explosion in the last decade has outpaced the national average.

The poll notes: "In 2008, about 600,000 new Asian Americans entered the electorate, and we anticipate a similar increase in 2012, approaching 3 percent of all votes cast."

The projected share of the Asian American vote in 2016 will continue to increase, the poll found. Asian American voters increased from 1.6 percent of the total vote in 1996 to 2.5 percent in 2008.

The poll was based on 2,785 phone interviews from Nov 7-25 with adults who identified themselves as Asian American, and the margin of error is plus/minus 2 percent.

Tag : #Barack Obama #POlls #Voting

2014 prophecy: Pluralism, not secularism, is India's destiny

from firstpost

2014 prophecy: Pluralism, not secularism, is India's destiny

One of the good things that might come out of the communal polarisation in this years general elections is a serious examination of Indian secularism. When all parties target one man, and when communa...


PMO defends Manmohan Singh, says GDP data shows he isn't 'weak'

from firstpost

PMO defends Manmohan Singh, says GDP data shows he isn't 'weak'

New Delhi: Economic data shows unprecedented development in the last decade which would have been impossible if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been "weak", his Communications Adviser Pank...

South Korean ferry disaster: Divers spot 3 bodies, captain arrested

from firstpost

South Korean ferry disaster: Divers spot 3 bodies, captain arrested

Mokpo, South Korea: The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need thr...

Modi sent emissaries to Kashmir to create 'soft corner', claims Geelani

from firstpost

Modi sent emissaries to Kashmir to create 'soft corner', claims Geelani

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today claimed that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sent emissaries to him and separatist leadership in Jammu a...

Navy commander doesn't get for top job, seeks justice

from firstpost

Navy commander doesn't get for top job, seeks justice

New Delhi: Upset over being superseded for the post of Navy Chief, Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha has filed a complaint with Defence Ministry and said that if "justice" i...

Ukraine crisis: Separatists reject diplomatic deal, refuse to disarm

from firstpost

Ukraine crisis: Separatists reject diplomatic deal, refuse to disarm

Slaviansk/Donetsk, Ukraine: Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public b...

Islamic seminary in Pak names library after Osama bin Laden

from firstpost

Islamic seminary in Pak names library after Osama bin Laden

Islamabad: A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and...