A new preliminary Election Day exit poll of more than 7,600 Asian American voters showed that Asian Americans strongly favored Democratic candidates for Congress by wide margins in some closely contested races, reports the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
AALDEF’s nonpartisan poll also showed that Asian American voters disapproved of Donald Trump’s performance as president, with 65% disapproving and 21% approving.
“The racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric from Donald Trump has been deeply disturbing to Asian American voters, who overwhelmingly supported candidates who share their values of a more inclusive and diverse America,” said AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung.
AALDEF sent over 600 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to 50 cities in 14 states to document voter problems on Election Day and to conduct an exit poll of Asian American voters in English and 11 Asian languages. Those states are California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Pollers were also sent to Washington, DC.