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AALDEF Poll: Asian American voters favor Democrats, Biden, gun control

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Asian American voters overwhelmingly favored Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s election, according to exit polling by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). 



Unlike national surveys where Kamala Harris polls better than Andrew Yang, Asian American voters favored Yang over Harris.
The survey also found that the AsAm voters supported stricter gun control laws in the three states the polling took place, Virginia, Texas and Pennsylvania.



“The Asian American Exit Poll provides an important snapshot of the growing Asian American electorate, including their party affiliations and issues influencing their votes in key races,” says AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung


“In 2019, Asian American voters were part of the unusually high turnout in Virginia that consolidated Democratic control of the state legislature.”

In the Nov. 5 elections, Democrats picked up two seats in the Virginia State Senate and six seats in the House of Delegates, winning majority control of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly– the first time since 1994.

When asked how they would vote if the presidential election were held on Tuesday, Asian American 26% of the voters polled favored Joe Biden, 20% would have voted for Elizabeth Warren, as their top two Democratic choices for president.



A surprise outcome of the poll was that among Virginia’s AsAm voters, 8% would have voted for entrepreneur Andrew Yang and only 3% would have voted for California’s Sen. Kamala Harris. The results in Texas and Pennsylvania were similar indicating that Harris, although Indian American, hasn’t made a strong impression on the Asian American electorate.


AALDEF dispatched attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to seven cities in five states to monitor voter problems on Election Day and to conduct a nonpartisan Asian American exit poll in English and three Asian languages. Asian Americans were polled in Fairfax County and Arlington County in Virginia; Houston, Texas; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

AALDEF also sent observers to check on voter problems and the availability of language assistance at poll sites during the early voting period in New York City, Boston, and Malden, Massachusetts. The 2019 elections marked the first time in state history that New Yorkers had the option to vote early.


AALDEF will also conduct an exit poll for the Louisiana gubernatorial election on Saturday, November 16, 2019.


The following is a preliminary breakdown of AALDEF exit poll results by state:
Virginia: Party Affiliation Democrat: 51%, Republican: 10%, Not Enrolled: 38%, Other Party: 2
Vote for House of Delegates:

Democratic Candidate: 80%, Republican Candidate: 16%, Other: 1%, Did Not Vote: 3%

Vote for State Senate:

Democratic Candidate: 81%, Republican Candidate: 15%, Did Not Vote: 4%

Vote for President if Election Were Today:

Joe Biden: 26%, Elizabeth Warren: 20%, Bernie Sanders: 15%, Donald Trump: 13%, Andrew Yang: 8%, Other Democrat: 7%, Other Party/Independent: 6%, Pete Buttigieg: 4%, Other Republican: 3%, Kamala Harris: 3%, Cory Booker: 0.4%, Beto O’Rourke: 0.4%

In general, do you support stricter gun control laws?

Strongly Support: 71%, Support: 20%, Don’t Know: 3%, Oppose: 3%, Strongly Oppose: 3%

Do you believe the U.S. House of Representatives should proceed with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump?

Yes: 64%, No: 17%, Don’t Know: 19%

Do you support legislation that would get Virginia to 100% renewable energy by 2050?

Yes: 82%, No: 4%, Don’t Know: 13%

Houston, Texas: Party Affiliation

Democrat: 33%, Republican: 30%, Not Enrolled: 36%, Other Party: 2%

Vote for Mayor:

Sylvester Turner: 36%, Tony Buzbee: 35%, Bill King: 15%, Other Candidate: 10%, Sue Lovell: 2%, Dwight Boykins: 1%

Vote for President if Election Were Today:

Donald Trump: 38%, Joe Biden: 15%, Elizabeth Warren: 12%, Andrew Yang: 9%, Other Republican: 6%, Bernie Sanders: 4%, Pete Buttigieg: 4%, Beto O’Rourke: 4%, Kamala Harris: 2%, Other Democrat: 2%, Other Party/Independent: 2%, Cory Booker: 1%,

In general, do you support stricter gun control laws?

Strongly Support: 58%, Support: 24%, Don’t Know: 7%, Oppose: 5%, Strongly Oppose: 6%

Do you believe the U.S. House of Representatives should proceed with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump?

Yes: 41%, No: 41%, Don’t Know: 18%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Party Affiliation

Democrat: 65%, Republican: 6%, Not Enrolled: 27%, Other Party: 2%

Vote for Mayor:

James Kenney: 74%, Billy Ciancaglini: 3%, Other Candidate: 11%, Did Not Vote: 11%

Vote for City Council at-large:

David Oh: 22%, Helen Gym: 18%, Allan Domb: 16%, Isaiah Thomas: 12%, Derek Green: 11%, Katherine Richardson: 10%, Other Candidate: 4%, Al Taubenberger: 2%, Daniel Tinney: 2%, Bill Heeney: 1%, Matt Wolfe: 1%

Vote for President if Election Were Today:

Joe Biden: 24%, Elizabeth Warren: 19%, Andrew Yang: 14%, Bernie Sanders: 12%, Pete Buttigieg: 10%, Donald Trump: 10%, Other Republican: 5%, Kamala Harris: 3%, Other Democrat: 2%, Other Party/Independent: 2%, Cory Booker: 0%, Beto O’Rourke: 0%

In general, do you support stricter gun control laws?

Strongly Support: 80%, Support: 13%, Don’t Know: 4%, Oppose: 1%, Strongly Oppose: 1%

Do you believe the U.S. House of Representatives should proceed with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump?

Yes: 68%, No: 7%, Don’t Know: 25%

Asian American voters also faced barriers on Election Day, including denial of provisional ballots and access to language assistance, machine breakdowns, being directed to incorrect poll sites, and improper demands for proof of identification and citizenship when it was not required.
“In all three states, a large percentage of the Asian American voters polled were not enrolled in a political party,” says AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala. 


“Asian Americans, now the nation’s fastest growing racial minority group, are registering to vote in larger numbers and could play a critical role in determining electoral outcomes in 2020.”

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