The AAPI Data/AP-NORC survey is a series of monthly polls that delivers regular insights on crucial issues, ranging from policy priorities and lived experiences to political views and civic engagement.

As the country approaches the first presidential primaries and caucuses, a new AAPI Data/AP-NORC survey, built from NORC’s Amplify AAPI Panel, finds two in three Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) adults believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. Despite partisan differences, about half disapprove of President Biden and there is a prevailing lack of trust in major institutions.

AAPI communities’ sense of pessimism is less pronounced than the general population, where 75% believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction and President Biden’s approval is at 41%. When compared to the general population, AAPI adults give similar marks to both parties on handling the economy and handling immigration. Fifty-two percent of AAPI adults identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared to 28% who identify or lean toward the Republican Party.