In the News: Biden, Trump surrogates attend virtual town hall

By Amna Nawaz |

Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has marked the largest electoral forum for candidates to address issues specific to the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community, and take questions directly from them...

The town hall is organized by APIAVote (Asian and Pacific Islander Vote), a national nonpartisan group that works to advance AAPI interests and mobilize community participation in elections and civic affairs. It is hosted jointly with community organizations from across the country...

In 2016, exit polls showed Trump won just 27 percent of the AAPI vote, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 65 percent 

However, Clinton’s vote share among Asian Americans was down from President Barack Obama’s 72 percent in 2012. Eight percent of AAPI voters in 2016 picked someone other than Clinton or Trump, and today, 46 percent say they do not identify with any political party.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at University of California, Riverside, and founder of AAPI Data, which publishes demographic and policy research on the AAPI community says because most Asian American registered voters are naturalized citizens, they’re less familiar with the U.S. political system, and less ideologically tied to the major political parties.

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