Beginning November 2023, monthly polls from AAPI Data and AP-NORC will deliver regular insights on crucial issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

In public opinion surveys that aim to deliver timely insights on critical issues, the perspectives of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are often diminished or missing. No longer.

AAPI Data is proud to embark on a collaboration with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that—for the first time ever—will produce monthly surveys that present the views and experiences of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities in the United States. 

This partnership combines AP-NORC’s strengths in survey research and public affairs journalism and AAPI Data’s reputation for accurate data and compelling narratives that elevate AANHPI communities. Together, we are poised to create waves of change.

“Ever since the 2008 National Asian American Survey, we have dreamed and hoped for a monthly, in-language survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data and a public policy professor and public opinion researcher. “We are excited that this day has finally arrived, and that AAPI Data is part of this milestone achievement—producing regular public opinion survey data for all Americans, including for AAPI communities.”

AAPI Data and AP-NORC partnership

What to Expect

These monthly polls will delve into a range of critical issues, from the lived experiences and policy preferences of our communities to their political views and civic participation. Our inaugural report, launching in mid November, will focus on hate crimes and discrimination affecting AANHPIs.

To ensure the widest possible representation, we draw our survey participants from the Amplify AAPI panel, the first large-scale, representative survey panel of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the country. This panel includes language support for the largest Asian communities with language access needs, with translations in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Why This Matters

The need for accurate representation of AANHPI voices in public discourse is now more important than ever. With pressing issues at stake and with communities that are rapidly growing and diversifying, it is critical for news outlets, community organizations, and public institutions to have timely and accurate survey data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Call to Action

At AAPI Data, we believe in the power of DNA: Data, Narrative, and Action. We work to produce data that is credible, narratives that are meaningful, and actions that are impactful. This partnership with AP-NORC epitomizes our core principles and reflects our commitment to elevate the perspectives and priorities of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

We invite you, our readers and supporters, to join us on this journey. Here are three simple action steps:

  1. Keep an eye out for our monthly reports and help us amplify the news stories that emerge;
  2. Follow us on social and sign up for our email updates through our Contact Page; and
  3. Dive into the latest survey results after they publish, by visiting the AAPI Data/AP-NORC Survey Series.

For any questions or collaborations, reach out to us via info@aapidata.com.
An associated press release on this partnership can be found on the AP-NORC site here.

Acknowledgements
We are grateful for the leadership of AARP and NORC and support from the State of California’s API Equity Budget in building the Amplify AAPI panel, and for various partners who support AAPI Data’s work, including the State of California, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and Micron Foundation.

We are also grateful for the years of partnership and support from our senior researchers Janelle Wong, Jennnifer Lee, Ninez Ponce, and Sara Sadhwani; and from our incredible and dedicated team: Karthick Ramakrishnan, Fontane Lo, Patricia Gasaiwai, Whitney Hadiwono Ibarra, Richard Pan, and Connie Tan.