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Majority of Indian-Americans support Obama

india Updated: Oct 19, 2012 14:20 IST
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An overwhelming majority of Indian-Americans support US President Barack Obama against his Republican rival Mitt Romney in November presidential elections, a national survey has said.

Romney has so far been able to gain support of a minority of Indian-Americans despite the frequent anti-Obama rhetoric by two leading Indian-American Republicans -- South Carolina Governor Nicky Haley and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

"Indian-Americans are by far the strongest supporters of Barack Obama, giving him an edge of 68% to five%, with 25% undecided and the rest voting for another candidate. Thus, while Governors Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are among the strongest critics of Barack Obama, they seem to be in a relatively small minority of Indian Americans who support Mitt Romney," said a survey carried out by National Asian American Survey (NASA).

The Nasa survey of Asian Americans is based on a national poll conducted between July 31 to September 19 through telephone of 3,034 people which included 386 Indian-Americans.

According to the survey, Obama has a favorability of 88% among Indian-Americans while Romney has a favorability of just 30%.

Approval of the President's job is particularly high among Indian-Americans (82%), and is conspicuously low among Filipinos (45%) and Samoans (41%), it said. The survey said that among likely voters, 43% of Asian Americans support Obama while 24% support Romney.

There are some considerable differences by ethnic group, with Indian-Americans showing the strongest support for Obama (68%), and Filipinos showing the strongest support for Romney (38%). Nearly one-third (32%) of likely Asian American voters remain undecided.

By comparison, recent surveys of the general population show that undecided voters are roughly seven% of the electorate. One in six Asian Americans (17%) lives in a battleground state during the 2012 presidential election.

Indian and Korean Americans constitute a greater share of the battleground state population than their respectively national population shares, and Chinese and Filipino Americans constitute a relatively smaller share in battleground states.

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