The Asian American Voter Surveys

Asian Americans have, for two decades, been the most rapidly growing racial group in the United States. More recently, they have also been growing significantly in their political presence, as measured by the growth of registered voters (an average increase of 850,000 every four years since 2000), voters (an average increase of 750,000 voters every four years during the same period), and members of Congress (from 5 in 2000 to 18 in 2018).

Along with the growing presence of Asian American voters is a growing interest in the opinions and priorities of this electorate. The Asian American Voter Surveys (AAVS) are election-year surveys of registered AAPI voters, capturing the perspectives of voters and their priorities across various years. The AAVS began in 2014.

Executive Summary

The 2020 Asian American Voter Survey, covering 1,569 registered voters, highlights strong enthusiasm for the Presidential election, with a majority favoring Biden over Trump. Asian Americans, a fast-growing group with significant numbers in key states, show varied preferences by nationality but lean Democratic, especially Indian Americans. Concerns about election interference and COVID-19’s impact on voting methods were notable, with many preferring mail-in ballots. The survey underscores the diversity and progressive leanings of Asian American voters on issues like healthcare, immigration, and education, yet reveals a gap in political party outreach.

AAVS 2020 Infographics