Survey on voting habits of Asian Americans in New Orleans area released
New Orleans, La.- The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans released the findings of a major survey done by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. The findings give a look at the voting preferences and habits of Asian Americans in the New Orleans area. The group released the results Thursday in a press release.
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 369 Asian American voters in Louisiana in the November 2012 Presidential Elections, the largest survey of its kind in the nation. The results indicated that Asian Americans backed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a large percentage was undecided about immigration reform.
81% of Asian Americans polled in Louisiana voted for Mitt Romney for President, compared to 21% of those polled nationally. Of those surveyed, 51% were enrolled in the Republican Party, while only 7% were enrolled in the Democratic Party; 39% indicated that they were not enrolled in any party.
The major factors influencing the Asian American vote in Louisiana were economy/jobs (56%), health care (33%), education (28%), terrorism/security (18%), civil rights/immigrants rights (14%), and women's issues (12%).
In Louisiana, one out of three (34%) Asian Americans supported immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, while another third (36%) of Asian Americans opposed immigration reform. 30% were ambivalent.
The exit poll results are part of AALDEF's 14-state multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in jurisdictions with large Asian American populations. In Orleans Parish, Vietnamese Americans were 98% of the Asian Americans surveyed. More than 1 in 4 (29%) were first-time voters.
Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF Democracy Program Director, presented the results of the 2012 multilingual exit poll at the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA) Community Center. Key findings on "The Asian American Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election" include the following:
• The majority of Asian Americans in Louisiana voted for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
8 out of 10 (81%) Vietnamese Americans surveyed voted for Romney. Nationally, 21% of Asian Americans voted for Romney.
Support for Romney in Louisiana was consistent across almost all categories, including first-time (75%), foreign- (88%), limited English proficient (90%) and English proficient (62%) voters, and voters of most age groups.
Among native-born Asian American voters in Louisiana, 40% voted for Romney and 49% voted for Obama. Voters between ages 18 to 29 were more evenly split between the vote for President, with 42% for Romney and 44% for Obama.
Of the 39% not enrolled in any political party, 71% voted for Romney, while 25% voted for Obama.
• Asian Americans in Louisiana are split regarding immigration reform.
One-third (34%) of Asian Americans supported immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, while another third (36%) opposed immigration reform. 30% responded that they were unsure.
57% of those who voted for Obama and 31% of those who voted for Romney supported immigration reform. 12% of those who voted for Obama and 39% of those who voted for Romney said that they opposed immigration reform. However, almost one-third from both groups (31% of Obama supporters and 30% of Romney supporters) said that they did not know.
38% of Democrats, 31% of Republicans, and 35% not enrolled in any political party supported immigration reform.
49% of those who voted for Democrat Cedric Richmond for U.S. House of Representative supported immigration reform, 22% opposed, and 29% did not know.
• The majority of Asian Americans in Louisiana supported the Republican candidate for House of Representatives.
71% of Asian Americans surveyed voted Republican Dwayne Bailey for U.S. House of Representatives, while 25% voted for Democrat Cedric Richmond.
• Voting barriers persisted.
Voters were asked if they encountered any voting problems. Below are the numbers of complaints:
11 were required to prove their U.S. citizenship
9 complained that their names were missing or had errors in the list of voters at poll sites
3 had to vote by provisional ballet
1 voter complained that poll workers did not know what to do
1 voter complained that poll workers were rude or hostile
24 voter complained that no interpreters or translations were available when they needed the help 9 was directed to the wrong poll site or voting machine/table within a site
AALDEF's multilingual exit polls reveal vital information about Asian American voting patterns that is often overlooked in mainstream voter surveys. AALDEF has conducted exit polls of Asian American voters in every major election since 1988. In 2012, more than 100 community groups and organizations joined AALDEF to mobilize over 800 attorneys, law students, and volunteers to conduct the exit poll and to safeguard the voting rights of Asian Americans. A list of co-sponsoring organizations and law firms follows below.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA) is a youth-led community-based organization that empowers Vietnamese American and underrepresented youth through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change. Committed to youth development, community empowerment, higher education, and cultural awareness, VAYLA is composed of young leaders, high school and college students that want to engage and empower others educationally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
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