Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a strong advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump among Asian-American voters, the fastest-growing multicultural segment in the U.S., according to a new poll.
The survey, published Monday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, found that Clinton and President Barack Obama are both more highly rated among Asian-American voters than they are among the general public. Trump, however, was less seen favorably among Asian Americans than among the general public.
The results showed that 61% of Asian-American registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, and just 19% have a favorable opinion of him. On the other hand, 62% said they have a favorable opinion of Clinton, and 26% have an unfavorable opinion of her. The difference between the responses for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders were less stark—48% said they have a favorable opinion of him, 22% said they have an unfavorable opinion, and 30% said they have no opinion or have never heard of him.
Meanwhile, 68% have a favorable opinion of Obama and just 22% have an unfavorable opinion. These numbers are consistent with how Asian Americans view both parties, as 46% said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican party and just 31% had a favorable opinion. Meanwhile, 64% have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, and just 19% have an unfavorable opinion.
A report published last year by Nielsen said the Asian-American population grew 46% between 2002 and 2014, now representing 6% of the total U.S. population. The report also said China and India have replaced Mexico as the largest sources of recent immigrants to the U.S.
The AAAJ survey, conducted via telephone between April 11 and May 17, polled 1,212 registered voters who identify as Asian American. It has an overall margin of sampling error of +/- 3%.
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