Asian Americans lean left - and they matter - says new study

October 6, 2012

Two studies released in September and October provided a much-needed comprehensive view of Asian Americans’ political leanings. 

As the fastest growing racial group in the United States—at a rate of 46% growth over the last twelve years—the Asian American vote matters, and is mattering more each election.  

"Despite their growing numbers, party identification as a lifelong bond has yet to take root among most Asian Americans in California," Professor Taeku Lee, UC Berkeley Political Science Chair and IGS associate, told UC Berkeley’s Public Affairs office earlier this month.

Lee, along with Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside and director of the National Asian American Survey (NAAS), authored the reports.

While they found that overall Asian Americans tend to favor Democratic candidates and take more liberal positions on issues they do not associate strongly with either party. 

"51% are Independent, or do no think in terms of party identification," the report stated.

Since the release of the reports media attention in news outlets ranging from Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and New America Media has been increasingly focused on this growing population. 

For the full findings and methodology information check out the reports: “The 2012 General Election: Public Opinion of Asian Americans in California” and “Public Opinion of a Growing Electorate: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2012.”