The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Asian Americans vote overwhelmingly for Obama


WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama enjoyed soaring support from Asian Americans to win another term, a survey said on Wednesday, as voters elected new faces to Congress including its first Hindu lawmaker.

A poll conducted for community groups found that 73 per cent of Asian Americans voted for Mr Obama on Tuesday, a gain from the two-thirds support he won in 2008 and part of a major shift toward the Democrats over the past 20 years.

While small in total, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States and made up 3.4 per cent of the electorate on Tuesday, up from 2.7 per cent four years ago. Mr Obama, the first African American president, also enjoyed overwhelming backing from black and Hispanic voters, helping him offset a tilt by white voters toward his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

"It is without question that these three minority groups combined provided the margin of victory for Obama nationally but also in some key states," said Mr Matt Barreto, founding principal of Latino Decisions, a research firm that carried out the survey.