Press Release

NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS UNITE TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND CONDEMN ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 26th, 2020, prominent AAPI leaders gathered for a virtual press briefing to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. 

With a need for community health resources, support for small businesses, and the rise of anti-Asian sentiment, lawmakers and community advocates have been working hard to educate and protect the health and safety of all communities including the AAPI community. 

The survey reveals many insights on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, including their voting plans for House and Senate races in 2018, and various issue priorities such as education, health care, and the state of the economy.

Key Findings

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  • The Asian American electorate will double from 5.9 million Asian American voters in 2015 to 12.2 million voters by 2040.

  • States like Nevada (140% growth), Florida (98% growth), and Virginia (96% growth) have seen tremendous growth in the AAPI population since 2000.

  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain the fastest growing populations, at a rate of 46% and 40%, respectively, between 2000 and 2010.

  • One in four Congressional Districts have more than 5% AAPI residents, and AAPIs exceed 5% of the population in nearly 600 cities or municipalities.

  • Asian Americans are "up for grabs" in terms of political party identification—46% of Asian Americans do not identify with a political party.