Survey: Most Asian-American voters are Democrats

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A majority of Asian-American voters surveyed in Maryland on Election Day 2006 were registered Democrats and voted along party lines in the U.S. Senate election, a recent report has found.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund conducted the exit poll of 264 Asian-American voters in Rockville, Silver Spring and Kensington on Nov. 7.

AALDEF is a national organization promoting civil rights for Asian Americans. More than 30 community groups organized attorneys, law students and volunteers to conduct a multilingual exit poll of 4,700 Asian-American voters in 23 cities across nine states and Washington, D.C., during last year’s general election.

The survey found that 72 percent of Asian-American voters said they cast ballots for Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin over Republican Michael S. Steele (25 percent) and other candidates (3 percent). Cardin won the election with 54 percent of the vote.

Fifty-one percent of the Asian-American voters surveyed in Maryland were registered Democrats; 29 percent were unaffiliated; and 16 percent were registered Republicans.

Voters in the survey who crossed party lines in the Senate election largely benefited Cardin. Nine percent of Asian-American Republicans and 68 percent of unaffiliated Asian-American voters surveyed said they voted for Cardin. Five percent said they voted for Steele.

Those surveyed reported that the most important issues for 2008 presidential candidates to address are the economy and job market (26 percent), health care (19 percent) and the Iraq war (19 percent).

Sean R. Sedam