San Francisco / Washington:
According to a poll released on Tuesday, twenty-six percent of Indian Americans favor the current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election, compared to only 28 percent who prefer President Donald Trump.
Indispora and Asian American Pacific Islands (AAPI) data, a nonprofit 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.
“66 percent of Indian Americans are currently in favor of Vice President Biden, 28 percent for 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. Voted. If remaining. Voters said voters broke in the same pattern as those who have made up their minds when Joe Biden will secure 70 percent of the vote compared to 30 percent for 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 who supported Obama in 2012 could be dropped below 84 percent and 77 percent of those who Hillary Clinton has supported 2016, compared to 66 percent support. Former Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, President Trump’s vote share has increased from 16 percent in 2016 to 28 percent.
“I think Democrats should definitely be concerned about making sure that they conduct enough outreach to Indian Americans that they conduct adequate outreach to 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 could be part of this election. King Krishnamurthy continued, “And because of this I think the Joe Biden campaign will have to be particularly circumspect.”
The survey report also noted increased political participation in the US due to factors such as strengthening the political power of Indian American voters and their rapidly growing population.
Indispora founder MR Rangaswamy said, “With a focus on the Indian American vote, given our growing numbers, political contributions and overall political engagement, we want to shed a light on the issues that really matter to Indian American voters.” Are important. “
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 has uplifted Indian American voters as one of the fastest growing minority groups in the US, 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. Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at UC Riverside. Karthik Ramakrishnan 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 their 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.”