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Survey Shows Asian Americans Are Willing to Punish Presidential Candidates for Anti-Immigrant Words

By September 1, 2015 No Comments

By P.C. Staff

After presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina delivered offensive comments on Asian immigrants and their babies, anti-immigrant eloquence was raised in a survey about concurrent opinions on candidates. A recent APIA (Asian Pacific Islanders American) voting survey revealed that Asian American voters will punish candidates with anti-immigration views.

Of those surveyed, 41 percent would react to a candidate who had anti-immigrant views by voting for someone else; 37 percent would choose to stay with the candidate, no matter his/her views on immigration. Results among Asian subgroups were more or less similar when it came to commitment to a candidate if he or she has anti-immigrant views.

Based upon history of the past 20 years, it also suggested that exclusionary rhetoric will play a big-time role in the support given by Asian American voters. There has been a 40-point increase in Asian American support for a Democratic president in the past 20 years, according to a study completed in 2012.