Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang expressed disappointment that even 30 percent of Asian American voters supported Donald Trump.
Exit polls by both the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Edison Research found three out of ten Asian American voters surveyed supported Donald Trump. That’s about 3 percent more than those who voted for him in 2016.
“I was surprised and disappointed by those figures. I thought that Asian Americans would uniformly reject Trump given how much he has thrown us under the bus, where the coronavirus is concerned,” Yang said in an interview with Yahoo Finance this week.
Asian American voters turned out in record numbers this election. According to Axios, voting among Asian American voters in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s spiked 209 – 278%. Specifically voting among Asian American voters ages 18 -29 spiked 278%.
Voting spiked 243% among Asian American voters in their 30’s while voting increased by those in their 40′ by 209%, according to Axios.
“This election saw a record-breaking number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters turn out to vote for the next President of the United States,” said Christine Chen of APIA Vote. “As the vote counts are finalized, recent data from Catalist revealed a 310% increase in AAPI early voters from 4 million in 2020 compared to 1.25 million in 2016. The data also showed that in key battleground states, like Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and North Carolina, AAPIs increased the number of votes cast by a larger percent relative to 2016.”
Back in September, Yang said he thought this election could be the turning point for Asian Americans.
“If we get out in force and help Joe and Kamala win, this could be the major political awakening that Asian Americans have been waiting for a generation or more,” Yang said in September, according to the Business Insider.
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