There is still a community of voters that won’t be receptive to some of the more stridently progressive positions that some Democratic candidates will take in 2022 and 2024, Bryant said.
He also pointed out that the Asian American bloc of voters, just a couple of decades ago, skewed toward the Republican Party. Republicans even made some progress among Indian American voters from 2016 to 2020, according to AAPI Data, likely thanks in part to President Donald Trump’s friendly relations with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But polling data from AAPI also found that Indian Americans tend to support Democratic candidates and issues more than Asian Americans as a whole, and that was before Kamala Harris, whose mother was born in India, was sworn in as vice president.
For AAPI voters, just as it is seen across demographic groups, two key factors are age and education, Bryant said, adding that younger and educated Asian Americans are shifting to the Democratic Party.
One piece of polling data Bryant found interesting from 2018 to 2020 was that 70% of AAPI voters self-identified as moderate, more than white non-Hispanic, Black and Latino or Hispanic voters.