The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund partnered with twenty-one ally organizations to convene pollsters and conduct the 2020 American Election Eve Poll. This national multi-racial poll offers reliable information about 2020 vote choices and motivations of Native American, Black, Asian American, Latinx, and White voters. We partnered with the following pollsters: Asian American Decisions, African American Research Collaborative, and Latino Decisions to conduct this work.
To better understand the emerging role of AAPI voters, we conducted a separate poll in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District (CD-07). Below we highlight some key findings and supplemental materials on both the national and congressional poll.
- AAPIs are a powerful and growing constituency. They play a role within the progressive voters of color coalition
- Asian Americans voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump by a margin of 68% to 28%.
- Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is projected to win in Georgia’s CD-07, where Asian Americans voted 62% to 36% for Bourdeaux over her opponent. This translates to Asian Americans representing 17% of her total vote and 150% of her winning margin
- 72% of Asian Americans said Donald Trump does not care or was hostile to Asian American voters
- 67% of Asian Americans believed President Trump ignored the early warning signs of coronavirus and because of his mismanagement, millions of Americans became sick and more than 220,000 died
- Asian Americans identified the coronavirus pandemic, jobs and the economy, and health care costs as their top three voting issues in 2020 followed by discrimination and racial justice as a fourth issue. About 80% percent of Asian Americans agree that White Supremacy is a major threat to our country
- An overwhelming majority of Asian American voters took a progressive stance on a range of social issues
Asian American Results
2020 American Election Eve Poll Results
- On Thursday, November 5, Asian American Decisions and AAPI Civic Engagement Fund hosted a webinar to provide detailed poll findings and electoral context for Asian American voters nationally and in Georgia, Texas and Virginia. Taeku Lee, PhD from Asian American Decisions presented key findings from the polls, and was joined by: Stephanie Cho, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta; Deborah Chen, Civic Engagement Program Director, OCA-Greater Houston; and Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority Education Fund. View the recorded the webinar here
- The American Eve poll was a nationally representative sample of 1,675 Asian Americans and 41 Pacific Islanders. The Asian American sample featured 23% Chinese American, 20% Asian Indian, 15% Filipino American, 14% Vietnamese American, 12% Korean American and 12% Japanese American. The Georgia 7th congressional district poll included 302 Asian American voters, weighted to match the demographics of the district
- Lead pollsters for the 2020 American Election Eve Poll include Latino Decisions, Asian American Decisions and the African American Research Collaborative. Sponsoring organizations include: AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, NAACP, America’s Voice, UnidosUS, Advancement Project, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Community Change, Demos, Faith In Action, Florida Alliance, Indivisible, League of Conservation Voters, Momento Latino, National Congress of American Indians, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Urban League, Race Forward, org, SEIU, Vera Institute of Justice, Voter Participation Center. Access the interactive dashboard, full polling tables, and methods for the American Election Eve Poll here: https://electioneve2020.com/
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