Substantial majority of Indian-Americans continue to support Democrats: Survey
Indian-Americans continue to be strongly attached to the Democratic Party, with little indication of a shift towards the Republican Party, a latest survey of the community in the US said on Wednesday.
As many as 72 per cent of the registered Indian-American voters plan to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while 22 per cent intend to vote for incumbent Republican Donald Trump, three per cent will support a third-party candidate, and three per cent do not intend to vote at all, according to the survey.
“Contradicting the emerging narrative, Indian-Americans remain committed to the Democratic Party. Nearly three-quarters of registered Indian-American voters intend to support Joe Biden this Fall, compared to just 22 per cent for Donald Trump,” it said.
According to the report, “Kitchen table” issues dominate over foreign policy concerns.
Kamala Harris has mobilised Indian-Americans, especially Democrats, and political beliefs seep into perceptions of the US-India bilateral relations, it said.
The report – How Will Indian Americans Vote? Results from the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey – draws on the Indian American Attitudes Survey (IAAS) – a collaboration between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins-SAIS and the University of Pennsylvania.
The IAAS is a nationally representative online survey of 936 Indian-American citizens conducted between September 1 and September 20, 2020 in partnership with YouGov, read a media release.
It has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.2 per cent.
An emerging narrative is taking shape that suggests that the bonhomie enjoyed by Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi – compounded by concerns over how a Biden administration might manage the US-India ties – is pushing Indian-American voters to abandon the Democratic Party, the report said.
Results from a new survey find “no empirical evidence” to support either of these claims, it asserted.
“Despite talk about how America’s ties with India might shape Indian-American voting behaviour this election, the US-India relations rank next to last on voters’ list of priorities. Instead, the economy and healthcare are the two most important issues influencing voters this election,” said the survey.