What do Americans think of Asians 1
Before the election, the SZ will present six different groups of voters in a series: whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians, women, men.
After the election defeat in 2012, the Republican Party, the Grand Old Party, decided that it wanted to take care of minorities more in the future. It was decided to appeal to a younger, more female audience in particular and to look better with Latinos and Asians. With the nomination of Donald Trump as her presidential candidate, however, exactly the opposite was achieved.
A new study by the National Asian American Survey shows that Asians in America are increasingly distancing themselves from Republican politics. One of the main reasons for this is the racist remarks made by the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Racism had not yet played a role in similar surveys among Asians in 2008 and 2012. Traditionally, "Asian Americans" are primarily interested in economic issues, security and education. This year, however, the study found, Trump's anti-Muslim comments and the demand to ban Muslims from entering the United States offended many of the respondents.
"Asians in America aren't exactly known for being immigrant-friendly," said Taeku Lee, a politics professor at Berkeley. That sounds contradicting at first, because many of them only came to the USA years ago. But the Asian immigrants are bothered by the many "illegals" from Latin America who only speak Spanish, who lower the minimum wages and who do not integrate. "They have nothing against the wall that Trump wants to build. But Trump's split into mostly white Americans and the rest of the world has startled them," explains Lee. Many of the votes that Democrat Hillary Clinton will get from Asians are therefore voters who want to prevent Donald Trump, said Lee.
Asian Americans already make up four percent of the electorate
American Asians come from countries as diverse as China, Vietnam, India, the Philippines or Korea. They make up around four percent of the registered electorate, but the proportion has increased enormously: in 2012 it was 2.9 percent of the voters, in 1996 only 1.7 percent. According to the census, three quarters of all Asians live in large cities on the east and west coasts, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or Philadelphia. Compared to Latinos, they are better educated and have higher incomes.
Young Asians with college degrees in particular would turn their backs on Trump and vote for Hillary Clinton. 70 percent of the Asian millennial generation have a "very bad opinion" of Republican Trump. They support the healthcare reform that President Barack Obama is leaving behind, and they consider global warming to be the greatest security risk of the future - and not a deliberate "hoax by Chinese scientists to harm American industry," as Donald Trump once claimed.
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