Clinton holds a lead among Asian Americans, new survey says

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton holds nearly a 4-to-1 lead over Donald Trump among registered Asian-American voters, according to the National Asian American Survey.

The National Asian American Survey found that 55 percent of voters said they were likely to vote for Clinton, compared to 14 percent for Trump.

“While Asian Americans evince progressive views on a wide range of social issues, Asian American millennials (age 18-34) and U.S.-born Asians are leading the charge,” Jennifer Lee, the principal investigator of the survey, said in a statement.

But more than one in five Asian American voters remain undecided in the 2016 election.

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The survey also polled respondents on what issues were most important to them. Twenty-six percent said the economy, 12 percent named national security, and 10 percent chose racial discrimination.

When asked specifically about their views on policy issues, Asian Americans tended to oppose Trump.

“Donald Trump’s unfavorable ratings are like nothing we have ever seen before among Asian American voters,” survey director Karthick Ramakrishnan said. “It looks like Trump’s rhetoric will jeopardize the Republican National Committee’s efforts since 2013 to reach out to Asian American voters.”

Of those Asian Americans surveyed, 62 percent said they opposed Donald Trump’s proposed ban on all Muslims entering the United States. Twenty-six percent said they supported the proposal.

But Asian Americans showed mixed results in their support for accepting Syrian refugees. Forty-four percent supporting accepting them into the U.S., compared to 35 percent who are opposed.

Nationwide, Americans of Asian ancestry make up a projected four percent of voters for 2016. But Asian-Americans are one of the fastest growing minorities in the U.S., projected to make up 14 percent of the U.S. population by 2065.

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