Asian “Natural Republicans” Vote 74% Democratic—Any More Bright Ideas?
Is immigration good for the Republican Party?
The second-largest heavily immigrant ethnic group, after Hispanics, are Asian-Americans. Immigration enthusiasts often claim they are "natural Republicans" because they are thought to be prosperous, law-abiding, family-oriented etc. etc.
The only problem with this theory: these natural Republicans have been voting Democratic.
The results of a massive multilingual Presidential election exit poll conducted last November in eight languages of almost 11,000 Asian voters, 82 percent of them immigrants, have finally been released by the liberal Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
The findings are exceptionally bad for the GOP.
Among these Asian voters, Kerry drubbed Bush 74-24.
This is not a perfectly representative sample, so the real figure probably wasn't quite so awful. The AALDEF exit poll was conducted in 23 cities in 8 states east of the Mississippi, only one of which (Virginia) voted for Bush.
Still, no less than 76 percent of Asians do live in “blue”—Democratic—states...
Of particular interest to GOP strategists should be Bush's performance among South Asian voters (mostly Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis). They are the wealthiest, best educated, and, due to their English-language skills, the most articulate of the Asian immigrant nationalities. And, thus, increasingly the most influential.
Little data has been available before on South Asian voting, so the 2,700 South Asian participants in the AALDEF exit poll offer an important first look.
The result: among South Asians, Kerry clobbered Bush—90-9!
Maybe this is even less nationally representative because Indians are more spread out across the country than other Asians, who cluster in blue states.
Why have Asians deserted the GOP? ... I'd like to add another perspective drawn from my "affordable family formation" hypothesis. [More]