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September 12, 2019 04:55
Indian Americans Likely to Support Joe Biden in Democratic Primary

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The United States Democratic primaries are scheduled for next year and Indian Americans, the second-largest immigrant group, are most likely to support former vice president Joe Biden, according to the latest survey.

Most voters of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, perceived Biden as having the best chance of winning against President Donald Trump, the report found.

The survey also assessed satisfaction among three AAPI candidates - Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang. Harris is the first Indian origin senator in the United States while Gabbard is the first Hindu running for U.S. presidency.

There was a three-way tie among Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren among the AAPI voters in the U.S. Indian descent voters are likeliest without a doubt to support Biden, AAPI Victory Fund said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, Chinese descent voters were the likeliest to be uncertain and least likely to support Biden. Filipino descent voters supported either Biden or Warren, the statement said.

AAPI voters were most keen about Harris and Yang - roughly 55 percent would be satisfied with these two, and 15-20 percent unsatisfied. The two candidates do not have a significant difference in numbers among most individual AAPI groups. Yang looks much better with younger voters while Harris among older voters, the report said.

Conducted by Change Research and sponsored by and the AAPI Victory Fund, the poll was released on Sunday in connection to the first-ever AAPI Democratic Presidential Forum held in Costa Mesa, California.

The research found that AAPI voters are roughly aligned with other Democratic primary voters on their presidential preferences, their choices are being guided by concerns that are unique to their communities.

The AAPI voters feel direct threats from white nationalism, racial and religious profiling, and are even more focused than other Democratic primary voters on issues like education and preventing gun violence, according to the research.

The 76-year-old Biden is seeking the presidency for the third time.

By Sowmya Sangam

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