AAPI voters are worried about inflation, the economy, voting rights and immigration, the survey found. But interestingly, health care tops the list of their concerns.
“That’s fascinating. We don’t typically think of this as a health care election,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data. But he said, lingering pandemic and other Covid-related economic disruptions are likely fueling those concerns.
“Asian Americans are not single-issue voters. They’re not just civil rights voters, they’re not just immigration voters,” he said.
But what about Vice President Kamala Harris? Her favorability topped out at 49 percent, which does not surprise Janelle Wong, co-director at AAPI Data and professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland.
“When I look at these data, it looks like it's a lack of familiarity with Harris,” Wong told The Recast. Eleven percent of registered voters said they didn’t know enough about the nation’s first Asian vice president, while only 4 percent of respondents said they didn’t know much about Biden.