The support of these influential ethnic communities can no longer be taken for granted, according to a poll by US President Donald Trump in the Indian-American vote bank that sent a worrying signal to Democrats. .
A poll conducted Tuesday by Indispora and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) data showed that a majority of Indian-Americans still favor Biden, the former vice president of the Democratic Party, in the November 3 US presidential election.
It found that the 74-year-old Trump, seeking re-election, made a big dent in the Indian-American vote bank, despite the fact that he has a strong relationship with the Indian Biden community and played a key role in bilateral relations in the past Used to be. few decades. Biden, 77, also selected 55-year-old Senator Kamala Harris last month.
According to the survey, 66 percent of Indian-Americans are currently in favor of Biden and 28 percent in favor of Trump, while six percent were unspecified.
Specifically in the 2016 presidential election, the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton polled 77 percent and 16 percent for Trump. In 2012, 84 percent of Indian-Americans voted for Barack Obama.
Dr. Karthik Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside and founder of AAPI Data, the author of the survey, said Indian-Americans supported Trump in the case of a swing of untrained Indian-Americans, Will probably reach 30 percent.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy said, “Democrats should be concerned about ensuring that they conduct adequate outreach to Indian Americans.”
He said, “Democrats should conduct adequate outreach to various groups that include Indian-Americans, as every vote is going to count, especially in those battlegrounds as the survey results indicated Is, “he said.
For example, major battlegrounds such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina have a lot of Indian-Americans, they can certainly be part of the tipping factor when combined with other Asian-Americans, he said, adding that Indian- Americans will eventually come home to the Democratic Party.
Seema Nanda, Partner, Harvard Law School Labor and Workflow Program and former CEO, while visiting the Democratic National Committee, said: “It is a vote (of Indian-Americans) that this research shows cannot, of course, be taken for is”.
While Biden’s support has fallen compared to Clinton’s in 2016, the Republican Party’s support has fallen from 19 percent to 16 percent in these four years.
Indispora founder MR Rangaswamy said, “Given the increasing political importance of the Indian diaspora in the US, it is not surprising that they are being stopped from both sides of the aisle.”
“It’s great that both major political parties have started realizing how important it is to reach Indian-Americans – our influence is only going to increase over time,” he said.
Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: “The Trump campaign has put a lot of effort to reach out to Indian-Americans, including putting together a good video ad up to the Indian prime minister (Narendra)). In November in Houston, Modi and Howdy Modi, showing sharpness between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of India. “
Describing Trump as a polarizing factor, Ohio State Assembly Representative Neeraj Antani said that there are many reasons for this swing of votes.
“President’s outreach (to the community), (him) going to India and standing with the Prime Minister (Modi in Houston and Ahmedabad). Neutrality on issues like (his) Citizenship (Amendment) Act, (Article) abuses” ) 370, as the community has become polarized due to opposition from Vice President Biden, ”said Attani.
The Trump Victory Indian-American Finance Committee co-chairman New York-based Al Mason was first reported to the Indian-Americans’ swing from Democrats toward Trump.
Mason, who conducted a survey in the battlegrounds of Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas, said the results showed as much as 50 percent of potential Indian-American voters, with most of them traditionally Voted on. For Democrats in the last presidential elections, they would lose to the Democratic Party and vote for Trump in 2020.
Mason said that this major defections could add tens of new Trump voters to major battlegrounds and help secure the presidential election. The survey of American Indispora and AAPI data toward Trump is much higher than reported.
“Indian-Americans are deployed to differentiate in 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). Maybe even in Texas, which has 160,000 Indian-American voters, “Ramakrishnan said.
Currently, there are 1.8 million Indian-Americans in the US who are eligible to vote.
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