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Overwhelming majority of AAPIs say racism is a serious problem

Nearly 9 out of 10 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders polled, or 86 percent, say racism is a serious problem in the United States.

Half of those say they’ve been discriminated against based on their race and 16 percent say they’ve been a victim of a hate crime.

Those are the results of a new survey conducted by APIA Data and AP/NORC.

Another 34% of AAPI adults believe they’ve been subjected to verbal harassment, racial slurs or have been on the receiving end of threats of physical violence.

Surveys were conducted online and via telephone in English, the Chinese dialects of Mandarin and Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Korean. 1,178 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders aged 18 and older living in the United States participated. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

The same poll also asked about political leanings with 52% holding a favorable view of President Biden. 40 and 46% hold unfavorable reviews of GOP candidates Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy who are both Indian Americans.

Majorities also expressed dissatisfaction with Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.

On the issue of mental health, seven in 10 say they’ve experienced feeling irritable (50%), worrying too much (49%), or having trouble relaxing (46%) in the last two weeks. 

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