84% Indian Americans voted for Obama, claims study


A whopping 84 per cent Indian Americans voted for Barack Obama in November's US presidential elections, according to a survey of Asian Americans.

Seventy-seven per cent of all Asian-Americans voted for Obama for a second term at the White House, findings released the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) here yesterday said.

The Multilingual Exit Poll of 9,096 Asian Americans in 14 States by the New York-based organisation also said that 13 per cent of Asian-Americans who were registered Republicans had crossed over and voted for 51-year old Obama, a Democrat.

The Bangladeshi Americans remained the highest group to have voted for Obama at 96 per cent followed by the Indian Americans at 84 per cent.

However, Vietnamese-origin Americans were the only group to have gone against the trend as 54 per cent of them voted for Obama's Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Age-group also came to play as Asian Americans under 40 were more likely to have favoured Obama and a mere 10 per cent of Asian Americans under 30 voted for Romney, compared to 16 per cent aged between 30-39; 26 per cent aged between 40-49; 26 per cent between 50-59 per cent; and 27 per cent between 60-69, a press statement issued by the AALDEF said.

Among Asian Americans overall, voting in the Congressional Elections mirrored the presidential elections.

In 24 of the 28 Congressional districts where the exit poll was conducted, a majority of Asian Americans supported Democratic candidates. For the US Senate, 74 per cent of Asian Americans overall voted for Obama and 18 per cent voted for Romney. For the US House of Representatives, 73 per cent voted for the Democratic candidate and 17 per cent voted for the Republican candidate, the statement said.

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