Poll: More than half of AAPI voters have never been contacted by a political party

By Marisa Martinez, Politico |

Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data, said Asian Americans have been left out of lobbying on other important matters like environmental justice or gun control, despite supporting policies like stricter gun laws.

“Asian Americans are not single issue voters — they’re not just civil rights voters, they’re not just immigration voters,” Ramakrishnan said.

APIA Vote is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement, and has partnered with several other groups, including AAPI Data, to conduct and release a biannual Asian American voter survey since 2012.

The June 2022 survey consisted of 1,601 voters, split between Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese Americans, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.5%. Data was also disaggregated based on gender, age, country of birth, region and party identification.

Issues like health care and the economy ranked as “extremely important” for Asian American voters, along with education, crime and gun control. Other topics like foreign policy in Asia and the growing wealth gap were not as high-priority.

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