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Poll Finds Asian American youth overwhelmingly support Joe Biden

A poll conducted by Tuft University shows that 78% of Asian American youth are most likely to support Joe Biden, the highest support among any other ethnic group.

The CIRCLE poll from Tuft’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that Biden’s support among Asian American youth outpaces that of even Black youth, 73%.

10% of Asian youth prefer Trump, and 12% prefer another candidate.

CIRCLE surveyed 2200 youth ages 18-29 from May 20 to June 18. The margin of error in the ethnic breakdown of the poll range from +/-8.1 to 11.0 percentage points. Overall the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1%.

CIRCLE also found 58% of youth overall say they support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and 24% supports President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The two issues prioritized by Asian American youth is the environment and racism.

Reports of racism toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sky-rocketed over the past months while Trump gave the coronavirus pandemic nicknames like the “Chinese virus” or “kung flu.”

In the wake of protests, anti-racism movements, and the Black Lives Matter, the poll found youth civic engagement has increased from 2018. According to the survey, in 2018 46% of youth (ages 18-24) said “they were part of a movement to express its views.” Today, 62% of young voters say the same.

Graphic from Circle Poll

88% of Asian American youth surveyed said as a group, young people have the power to change things. again, that’s higher than any other ethnic group.

Graphic from CIRCLE poll

The same percentage of Asian American youth say the outcome of the 2020 election will have a significant impact on their community.

Almost half-way into 2020, young people continue to witness racism and discrimination as America stands in a boiling point during a pandemic. The political rally between Americans and constant news exposure through social media may have influenced young people to be more active in civic engagement.

CIRCLE found that racism is a prioritized issue among all youth groups of color.

“This 2020 election cycle is particularly interesting because, for the first time in almost over 25 years, we’re moving from a midterm election where young people’s participation dramatically increased,” Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE’s director of impact, said to the Voice of America.

“Now there are 47 million 18- to 29-year-olds who are eligible to vote in the 2020 election, and 15 million of them have turned 18 since the last presidential election,” Kiesa said.  

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