Obama overwhelmingly won 71 pc of Asian American votes in 2012 presidential election: Poll
Asian American voters came out in droves to vote for President Barack Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, a new poll has found.
According to the survey by the Asian American Justice Center, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and the National Asian American Survey, Obama won an estimated 2.3 million of Asian American votes over Romney's estimated 900,000 votes, or 71 percent to 28 percent.
Obama's biggest break came among voters whose top issues were immigration, the environment and civil rights, but the most important issue to all voters surveyed was 'economy and jobs', Politico reports.
According to the post-election survey, 46 percent of registered voters polled and 43 percent of those who voted in the 2012 election said they, however, did not identify with either major party.
"Still, one of the persistent dynamics of the Asian American electorate is its continued potential for persuasion by candidates of either party," the poll said.
In a raft of current and projected swing states, including North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, the Asian American population's explosion in the last decade has outpaced the national average, the report said.
"In 2008, about 600,000 new Asian Americans entered the electorate, and we anticipate a similar increase in 2012, approaching 3 percent of all votes cast," the poll noted.
The poll even found that the projected share of the Asian American vote in 2016 will continue to increase.
Asian American voters increased from 1.6 percent of the total vote in 1996 to 2.5 percent in 2008.