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Asian vote poised to give Obama a second term

May 01, 2012

President Obama’s family ties to Hawaii and Indonesia are paying off big among Asian voters.

In the first of its kind poll of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, he not only owns the heavily Democratic group, but their surging population could vault him to reelection wins in Virginia, Florida, Illinois and Nevada, all but locking down a second term.

Powerhouse Democratic pollster Celinda Lake found that about three-quarters of voters with roots to China, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam and Japan favor Obama, the rest Mitt Romney. Obama scores highest among Indian-American voters, with an 86 percent favorable rating.

What’s more, Lake found that on every major issue of the day, Asians say Democrats are better managers.

While he has family ties to Asia, Obama has also expanded political ties to the region, even using Hawaii as his Christmas vacation spot and hosting an Asian summit there last year. He recently visited South Korea. And today he named May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Their vote could have a huge impact in two states Romney needs to win the White House, Florida and Virginia. Christine Chen, acting executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote, said they could bring 47,000 votes in Virginia and 33,000 more in Florida. The problem she said: the parties aren’t reaching out to Asian voters, possibly opening the to Republicans if they woo them more.

Added Lake, “They haven’t been engaged by either party. There’s a real opportunity there to define the debate.”

by Anonymousreply 1310/07/2012

Let's hope so.

And the Latino vote.

AND the gay vote.

AND the woman vote.

by Anonymousreply 105/20/2012

Best buds!

by Anonymousreply 205/20/2012

I'm Asian too. But fucking evil.

by Anonymousreply 305/20/2012

So, when do republicans suggest internment camps?

by Anonymousreply 405/20/2012

R2, I'm assuming that is meant for the Vintage Photo thread?

by Anonymousreply 505/20/2012

The rethugs will find a way to take away the right to vote from Asians the way they are taking it away from the poor, blacks, students, Hispanics and the elderly.

Rethugs know they can't even come close to winning fairly so they always have to cheat. This time they're taking cheating to new heights.

by Anonymousreply 605/20/2012

Er... yes. Oops.

by Anonymousreply 705/20/2012

Then get people to DO something about it, R6

by Anonymousreply 805/20/2012

What do you suggest? The Democrats know voter suppression is at an all time high, it's like back before all the civil rights laws of the 60s. The Democrats are doing shit about it. They make an occasional statement or talk about the Justice Dept. doing something but nothing will get done any more than they did something about W stealing the 2000 election. Hell they're not even lifting a finger to get Walker out of office in WI.

Dems do not fight back, PERIOD! No one person or even a small group can do anything without the Party behind it.

I had high hopes for Occupy but the rich and powerful were able to kill that too.

by Anonymousreply 905/20/2012

And yet Asians are still highly ridiculed on DL. The Japanese-American Citizens League was only of the first, if not the first ethnic minority to sign a resolution supporting gay marriage many years ago. because their rights were taken away in WW2, they decided to take a stand against the rights of others being taken away. But still, DL will give a Ching-chong.

by Anonymousreply 1005/20/2012

Now if Asians could only learn to drive better.

by Anonymousreply 1105/20/2012


by Anonymousreply 1210/07/2012

[quote]But still, DL will give a Ching-chong.

Rosie O'Donnell doesn't post here anymore.

by Anonymousreply 1310/07/2012
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