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

In voter mobilization and choice among Asian Americans, a significant majority express intentions to vote, yet engagement by major political parties remains low, with over half reporting no contact from Democrats and 60% from Republicans. Preferences lean towards Democratic candidates, particularly among Indian Americans, while Vietnamese Americans show more bipartisan or Republican leanings. Presidential favorability sees Joe Biden viewed more positively than Donald Trump. Key policy issues for Asian American voters include healthcare, the economy, crime, and education, with a strong consensus for stricter gun laws.

AAVS 2022 Infographics