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Over two-thirds of Indian Americans expected to vote for Biden, says survey

Indian American voters are less than 1 per cent of the US electorate, but the diaspora is seen as one of the most rapidly growing immigrant groups.

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Archana Chaudhary | Bloomberg 

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The survey showed that 45 per cent of the respondents polled said they’re more likely to vote Democrat on Nov 3 | Photo: Bloomberg

More than two-thirds of Indian American voters are expected to vote for and the Democratic Party in the US presidential elections in early November, according to a survey.

Only 22 per cent of registered to vote are expected to support President Donald Trump compared with 72 per cent for Biden, the survey by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said Wednesday. The study covered 936 Americans of Indian origin polled by analytics firm YouGov between Sept 1 to Sept 20.

The numbers show that the loyalties of Indian American voters haven’t shifted to the Republican Party despite Trump’s perceived closeness to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government’s actions have been criticized by prominent Democrats, including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

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continue to be strongly attached to the Democratic Party, ” said authors Sumitra Vaidyanathan, Devesh Kapur and Milan Vaishnav in the report.

The survey showed that 45 per cent of the respondents polled said they’re more likely to vote Democrat on Nov 3 after Harris, who is of part Indian origin, won her nomination.

While Indian American voters are less than 1 per cent of the US electorate, the total 4.16 million-strong diaspora is seen as one of the most rapidly growing immigrant groups, having roughly doubled in size in each of the last four decades.

The group also forms an affluent and influential base with a median income for households -- roughly double the national average at $120,000, according to the report. contributed $3 million to presidential campaigns during the 2020 primary season.

Why their support matters

The 4.16 million-strong diaspora is seen as one of the most rapidly growing immigrant groups, having roughly doubled in size in each of the last four decades. The group also forms an affluent and influential base with a median income for households — roughly double the national average at $120,000. Indian-Americans contributed $3 million to presidential campaigns during the 2020 primary season.

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First Published: Wed, October 14 2020. 18:52 IST