Obama Trounces McCain 4 to 1 Among Asian Indians
A new national survey finds that Barack Obama has a lopsided lead over John McCain in the presidential elections among Indian American voters.
|Barack Obama trounced John McCain 4 to 1 among Indian Americans, the highest proportion among any Asian group, according to an independent survey.|
The National Asian American Survey (NAAS), led by researchers from three California state universities and Rutgers University in New Jersey, found that 53% of Indian planned to vote for Obama against 13% for McCain. Another 33% said they were undecided.
The survey found that Obama led across every Asian group, except Vietnamese Americans. Overall, Obama led McCain among Asian Americans 41% to 24%.
The survey also found a lopsided advantage for Democrats in party identification among Indian Americans: 39% identified themselves as Democrat, 21% as Independent and 33% as non partisan. Indian Americans tied with the Chinese for the lowest identification with Republicans among all Asian groups, with only 7% identifying themselves as Republican in both groups.
4% of Indian Americans had worked on a political campaign and 13% had made political contributions, according to the survey.
The NAAS survey is based on a national sample of 4,394 Asian Americans in 41 states, including 920 Indian Americans and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent for the Asian Indian sample. The survey was conducted between Aug 18-Sept 26.
The findings in the survey on party identification are congruent with another national Pew survey, which found that among Hindus, the religion to which a majority of Indian Americans belong, 63% identified themselves as Democrat or lean Democrat, against 13% who identified themselves as Republican or lean Republican.
Little India’s online poll also had Obama ahead 4 to 1, with 79% supporting Obama against 21% supporting McCain.