San Francisco / Washington:
Sixty-six percent of Indian Americans currently prefer Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election, compared with just 28 percent who prefer President Donald Trump. This comes from a poll published on Tuesday.
Indiaspora, a non-profit affiliate of global Indian diaspora leaders, and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Data released their joint report on Tuesday on the attitudes of Indian-American voters in the upcoming 2020 US presidential election.
“66 percent of Indian Americans currently support Vice President 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 for President Trump. If the remaining undecided The voters broke up the same pattern as those who voted. Joe Biden would get 70 percent of the vote compared to 30 percent for Trump, “the report said.
Campaign experts believe Democrats should be concerned about the wear and tear of Indian-American voters, considering the total number of Democrats of 84 percent who backed Obama in 2012 versus 77 percent who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016, compares Former Vice President Joe Biden may have declined to 66 percent who supported them. Meanwhile, President Trump’s share of the vote has increased from 16 percent in 2016 to 28 percent.
“I think it is imperative that Democrats make sure they have sufficient contact with Indian Americans to have sufficient contact with the various groups that make up bases and Indian Americans, as every voice counts especially in these battlefield states,” said Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democratic Congressman.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, herself an Indian American and a representative from the state of Illinois, said the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina could be part of the tilt factor in this election. “And that’s why I think Joe Biden’s campaign needs to be particularly vigilant,” continued Raja Krishnamoorthi.
The poll report also documents the strengthening of the political power of the Indo-American electorate in the United States due to factors such as their rapidly growing population and increasing political participation.
“With the increasing attention to Indian-American voting given our growing number, increasing political input and overall political engagement, we wanted to highlight the issues that are really important to Indian-American voters,” said MR Rangaswami, founder the Indiaspora.
The report, which includes poll results from 260 Indian voters registered in Asia regardless of party affiliation, found that some of the topics that topped the list for Indian Americans in those elections included education, employment and the economy, health care and the environment.
The report also reports the rise of the Indo-American electorate as one of the fastest growing minority groups in the US, with significant numbers in “battlefield” states.
“Indian Americans are able to make a difference in several swing states that may be close together in these elections, such as Florida (87,000), Pennsylvania (61,000), Georgia (57,000), Michigan (45,000), and North Carolina (36,000). And maybe even Texas with 160,000 Indo-American voters, “said Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside and founder of AAPI Data. “Given Senator Kamala Harris’ historic nomination as Vice President and the high profile rallies that held President Trump and Prime Minister Modi together, a high turnout could make a big difference in these elections.”
There are currently 1.8 million Indian Americans in the United States who are eligible to vote. By 2019, around 310,000 Indian green card holders are behind on citizenship, and another 310,000 Indian residents in the US are behind to get their green cards.
In addition, Indian-American political engagement spanned several areas. One fifth of Indian-American registered voters said they contacted their representative or government official in the United States earlier this year. 74 percent had talked to family and friends about politics, a quarter of whom had made a donation to a candidate, political party or campaign this year. By the end of June 2020, Indian Americans had donated at least $ 3 million to presidential campaigns in 2020.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties made contact with Indian Americans in these elections. 56 percent of Indian-American registered voters polled said they had been contacted by the Democratic Party in the past year, and 48 percent said they had been contacted by the Republican Party. This is a sharp increase from 2016, when just 31 percent of Indian Americans said they had been contacted by a political party, compared with 44 percent of white and 42 percent of black voters.
In addition, several hundred Indian-American candidates are running in record numbers at the federal, state and local levels.
“Given the growing political importance of the Indian diaspora in the US, it is no surprise that they are being wooed from both sides of the aisle,” said MR Rangaswami, founder of the Indiaspora. “It’s great that both major political parties have realized the importance of reaching Indian Americans – our impact will only increase over time.”