Indian-Americans are by far the strongest supporters of US
President Barack Obama, giving him an edge of 68 percent to five
percent over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a
Thus, while two Indian-American Republican Governors, Bobby Jindal
of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, are among the
strongest critics of Obama, they seem to be in a relatively small
minority of the community who support Romney, says the survey.
Asian Americans give significantly higher job approval ratings to
Obama than the national average (59 percent vs. 50 percent,
respectively), and they have a considerably less favourable
impression of Romney than the national average (30 percent vs. 45
percent, respectively), according to the National Asian American
Approval of the president's job is particularly high among Indian
Americans (82 percent), and is conspicuously low among Filipinos
(45 percent) and Samoans (41 percent), says the survey of Asian
and Asian Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
Obama's relatively high approval rating among AAPIs is also
matched by higher favourability ratings than the national average,
it says, noting while 51 percent of the national population has a
favourable impression of Obama, 59 percent of Asian Americans do
The favourability rating is particularly high among Indian
Americans (88 percent) and Korean Americans (76 percent), and is
particularly low among Vietnamese Americans (20 percent) and
Filipino Americans (46 percent).
One in six Asian Americans (17 percent) lives in a battleground
state with Indian Americans and Korean Americans constituting a
larger share of the battleground states than their national
averages, the survey notes.
Asian Americans also have a more favourable impression of
Democrats in Congress than the national average (43 percent vs. 34
percent, respectively), it notes.
The survey, based on a national poll conducted July 31-Sep 19
through telephone of 3,034 people, included 386 Indian-Americans.
It was the collaborative effort of Karthick Ramakrishnan at
University of California-Riverside and Taeku Lee at University of
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at email@example.com)