Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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New Poll Shows CA Asian American Voters Aligned Across Party Lines On Key Issues

LOS ANGELES - As the fastest growing racial group across the United States, Asian American voters have the potential to be the margin of victory in many local, state, and federal elections. Today, new poll results released by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles show that California’s growing Asian American electorate is aligned across party lines on key issues.

In the last Presidential Election, there were 25 legislative districts statewide in which Asian Americans made up 25 percent or more of the electorate, and 38 legislative races in which Asian American voter registration exceeded the margin of victory.

“In this election cycle, where every vote will count, Asian American voters should not be ignored or taken for granted,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice-LA.  “Asian Americans are clearly poised to deliver elections for those campaigns and candidates who understand what motivates Asian American voters.”

California’s Asian American electorate is split across party lines, with 37 percent of Asian American voters statewide registered as Democrats 23 percent are registered as Republicans, and an astonishing 35 percent are unaffiliated with a political party. Despite diverse party affiliations and many unaffiliated, the Advancing Justice-Los Angeles poll showed Asian American voters agree on key issues.

On education, 85 percent of Asian American registered voters statewide support increasing the number of students allowed to enroll in UC and CSU campuses each year. By party affiliation, 87 percent of Democrats, 86 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 82 percent of Republicans supported increasing UC and CSU enrollment. Of those who support an increase in enrollment, 67 percent would be willing to pay more in taxes to achieve it, including 80 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of the unaffiliated voters, and 62 percent of Republicans.

When asked about healthcare and whether the Affordable Care Act is good for America, 76 percent of Asian American registered voters statewide said “yes”, including 85 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 60 percent of Republicans.

And on immigration, 65 percent of Asian American registered voters in California support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, with 72 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of both unaffiliated and Republican voters also in support.

“It’s issues, not party affiliation, that drive how we vote,” said Dan Ichinose, demographic research project director at Advancing Justice-LA and lead researcher on the statewide poll.  “Our community supports those who do the right thing for their families on key issues like education, healthcare reform, and immigration.”

Conducted by telephone, the poll surveyed over 3,500 Asian American registered voters across the state, in English and six Asian languages: Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.


Some of these findings were presented by Ichinose on March 30, 2016 at the Advancing Justice Conference in Los Angeles. Download Ichinose's presentation here.



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Randy Bunnao, (213) 241-0227,
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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