New results out from a post-election survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders found that nearly 8 out of 10 eligible AAPI voters cast a ballot in 2012, reports the Policy Shop.
The 79 percent turnout from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders surpassed by more than 20 percentage points the turnout from the general population. Turnout was highest among the Hmong, Japanese, India, and Vietnamese populations at more than 80 percent. The turnout from the Laotian population was just 40 percent.
The issues most important to Asian Americans, according to the survey were the economy and jobs, education and health care. But among those who voted for Obama, racial discrimination ranked as the most important concern.
The survey of the Asian American Justice Center, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, and National Asian American Survey was conducted in nine languages.