death wish by indian-americans: they wanna be ummm... democrats, obama-wannabes, and communist terrorists
nov 24th, 2009
From the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund report on the Asian American Vote in the 2008 Presidential election --
"South Asian voters were enrolled in the Democratic Party at higher rates than all other Asian ethnic groups. Overall, 76% of South Asians were registered Democrats, including 69% of Asian Indians, 74% of Pakistanis, 85% of Bangladeshis, and 82% of Indo-Caribbeans. ... Ninety-three percent (93%) of South Asian American voters supported Barack Obama."
xit polls conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) continue to show Indian-Americans are hugely Democratic in voting behavior. The polls are available at aaldef.org. The most recent exit poll for 2008 included over 16,000 total respondents in 11 states, of which 32% were "South Asian" which includes Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Indo-Caribbeans. The poll showed 69% of Indian-Americans and 76% of all South Asians were registered Democrats, compared to 58% of all Asian-Americans who were Democrats. Only 7% of Indian-Americans and 6% of all South Asians were registered Republicans. And Indian-Americans voted for Obama over McCain by a stunning 91-8 margin, with other South Asian subgroups giving Obama the same or greater margins. The poll showed also that among all Asian-Americans, U.S.-born voters went for Obama 87-11, with immigrants at 73-26; so there is a generation gap, but all age groups are strongly Democratic. This actually supports Gautham's suggestion and my personal experience that older immigrant Indian-Americans are marginally less Democratic than younger Indian-Americans. Finally, I'll note that the AALDEF exit polls were conducted in large metropolitan areas where one might argue that Asian-Americans are more liberal than elsewhere; however, comparing with the Asian-American subsamples in the Nd
EP exit polls corrobates one-sided Democratic voting preferences, even if the margins are smaller, and in fact AALDEF exit polls consistently show Indian-Americans are more Democratic than Asian-Americans as a whole. The 2004 AALDEF exit poll corroborates this, showing 57% of all Asians but 74% of South Asians calling themselves Democrats.
Readers may find the following survey (largest of its kind) helpful, which not only covers Indian Americans in suburban areas, but also compares them to other Asian Americans. I was one of the principal investigators, and must say that the representativeness of the sample is one of the best one can achieve with dispersed populations like Asian Americans.
The bottom line: Indian Americans are one of the most Democrat-leaning Asian American groups, and are among the most likely to vote for Obama. Still, like other Asian Americans, many still have not decided/settled on a party identification. The image of the Republican-heavy Indian American is not even true among doctors, we have found.
The 2008 National Asian American Survey is the most comprehensive survey to date of Asian Americans' civic and political life in the United States, with 5159 interviews conducted over two months in 2008 in eight languages (English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Japanese, and Hindi) and with large numbers of respondents from the six largest Asian national-origin groups (Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese).
Quite a few prominent Indian-Americans and Americans are supporting a terrorist group called the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in India. Such supporters seem to be thick as flies in Ivy League institutions like Columbia. It would be good to get some insight into their motivations and whether their support includes any funding for the Maoists.
A partial list of such supporters can be found here: