Support for Biden among Indian-origin people drop by 19 percentage points

US President Joe Biden might be going through some of the toughest times and a drop in support from Indian-Americans is the latest news for him to worry about. There is a sharp 19 percentage point decline in Indian-American support for Biden between the last election of 2020 and now, according to the bi-annual Asian American Voter Survey, the oldest survey of Asian-American voters released on July 10. The drop in support among Indian-origin people for Biden is the steepest among all Asian-Americans.

The survey highlights that 46% of Indian Americans want to vote for Biden in 2024 as opposed to 65% in 2020. What more, the survey was conducted before Biden’s disastrous debate.

The survey was undertaken by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and AARP.

The staggering drop of 19 percentage points is the largest among all the Asian-American voters. The survey was carried out before the June 27 presidential debate between Biden and Trump. Many Americans have showed concerns about his fitness to be President after Biden’s debate performance.

As for Asian Americans, 46% of Asian Americans who vote for Biden might vote for Biden, 9% below from 2020. On the other hand, 31% might vote for Trump, one point above 2020.

The favourability rating for Trump has increased two percentage points from 28% in 2020 to 30% in 2024, even when there is a decline in Biden’s rating.

Asian Americans have been an important group of voters in the US over the last two decades, increasing by 15 percentage points in the last four years alone, and their voter turnout has been massive in each federal election since 2016.

In 2020, an increase in the number of Asian-American voters, especially first-time voters, was crucial to Biden’s victory.

This decline in support from Asian Americans, might be critical as the community has a sizeable share in many battleground states.

The survey highlights the 55% favourability rating of Biden among Indian Americans, while Trump stands at 35%. Both Biden and Trump have an exact 42% unfavourability rating among Indian Americans.

Kamala Harris, the first Indian American and woman to be the Vice-President of the US, has a favourability rating of 54% and the unfavourability rating of 38%.

Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and US ambassador to the United Nations, has a favourability rating of just 33% and an unfavourability rating of 46%. Another 11% said they have never heard of Haley.

“Asian Americans are rapidly diversifying the American electorate, and it is critical for us to update our understanding of what motivates them and informs their voting choices,” says Karthick Ramakrishnan, executive director of AAPI Data.

“We see ongoing evidence of dynamism within the Asian-American electorate, including on matters pertaining to presidential vote choice and party preferences on key issues ranging from inflation to healthcare and immigration,” Ramakrishnan said in a statement.

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India Today Web Desk

Published On:

Jul 11, 2024

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