72 Per Cent Of Indian Americans Plan To Vote For Joe Biden, Says Survey

 72 Per Cent Of Indian Americans Plan To Vote For Joe Biden, Says Survey

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Although Indian Americans of all faiths prefer Joe Biden to Donald Trump, support for the Democrat is stronger from Muslims (82 per cent) than Hindus (67 per cent).

Over 70 per cent of registered Indian American voters plan to vote for Joe Biden in next month’s US presidential election, according to the 2020 Indian American Attitude Survey (IAAS), and only 22 per cent of the rest will vote for Donald Trump.

The data, based on responses from 936 Indian Americans surveyed online in the first 20 days of September, also says “in line with past studies… members of the community continue to strongly identify with the Democratic Party”; 56 per cent of respondents said they identified as a Democrat, while only 15 per cent saw themselves as Republican.

Indian Americans also, the report adds, do not consider the US-India relationship to be a big factor in their voting decision – something that is likely to run against President Donald Trump, who has stressed on his close ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed “great support from India” in a bid to win over the community.

In any case, according to the survey, most Indian Americans believe the Democrats do a better job of managing US-India ties.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s Democrat challenger Mr Biden’s vice presidential pick – Senator Kamala Harris, the first Black woman and American of Indian and African descent to get the ticket – has “galvanised” the Indian American community in favour of the Democrats, the report said.

The Indian American vote – the second-largest immigrant group in the US – is in the spotlight even though the community represents less than one per cent of registered US voters.

According to the report’s authors, “the big takeaway is that there is scant evidence for… popular narratives (that indicate) widespread defection of Democratic voters toward Trump”.

Indian American men and women both prefer Mr Biden to Mr Trump, and by considerable margins. Sixty-nine per cent of women and 68 per cent of men intend to vote for the Democrat, while just 19 per cent of women and 24 per cent of men plan to vote for Mr Trump.

The survey was a collaboration between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The United States will vote for a new president – the first national election since the coronavirus pandemic swept the world – early next month.

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