23 November, 2020

Which Way Will The Indo-Americans Go?

The community is more Democrat-inclined

Which Way Will The Indo-Americans Go?

When it comes to the Indian American community, the outcome of the U.S. presidential election on November 6 is a foregone conclusion. Barack Obama, a Democrat, would win by a landslide. Indian Americans, by large numbers, support Democrats over Republicans. This fact was corroborated by a recent National Asian American Survey which found 68 percent of Indian Americans surveyed backed Mr. Obama, while 5 percent said they would vote for his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of political science at the University of California at Riverside, is director of the National Asian American Survey. He says Indian American support for the Democratic Party comes down to three factors: in the 1990s, President Bill Clinton portrayed the party as pro-economic growth and that attracted immigrants; racial profiling against South Asians that followed the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, under a Republican administration drove Indian Americans to the Democratic Party; and the Democratic Party is generally viewed as more tolerant than the...



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