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Asian Americans represent the fastest growing demographic segment in this country and a critical voting bloc. But, according to a new first-of-its-kind poll released this week, neither Republicans nor Democrats seem to be taking note.
The Lake Research Partners poll is the first to gauge political attitudes among Asian American voters, who are largely aligned with the Democratic Party – by a margin of three to one.
Another 31 percent, however, are also registered independents. And that, says pollster Celinda Lake, could determine the outcome of key races in several swing states.
Lake spoke during a teleconference Tuesday announcing the release of the poll, which surveyed 713 registered voters nationwide. Its release was timed to coincide with the start of Asian American Heritage Month.
“In Virginia,” for example, “the Asian American population has increased 70 percent over the last decade,” said Christine Chen with the non-partisan APIA Vote. Representing close to 7 percent of the state’s population, Chen stressed that in a close race Asian and Pacific Islander (API) voters could be key to determining election results.