Trump or Hillary: How Indian-Americans plan to vote in the US election
Two of out every three Indian-Americans are likely to back Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton over her rival and Republican Donald Trump in the United States presidential polls, a recent survey has found.
The survey – conducted by the Asian American voices in the 2016 election – shows Indian-Americans support Clinton more than any other group in the Asian-American spectrum.
67% of all Indian-Americans surveyed backed the former secretary of state and just 7% said they would vote Trump in the November 8 polls.
With just a month to go for the critical election, Clinton is seen as the front-runner in the race.
She has consolidated her lead especially after a stream of controversial sexual remarks made by Trump on women years ago went public last week, triggering calls for the suspension of his campaign and a swift backlash from women voters.
The three-million-strong Indian-American community is among the fastest-growing and prosperous groups in the US and is expected to play a crucial role in the November polls. In recent years, the growing young population within the community has tilted its political leanings towards the Democrats.
The survey showed 71% of Indian-Americans as having a favourable impression of Clinton, compared to just 11% for Trump. Only Cambodian-Americans had a higher favourability rating for Clinton.
73% of those Indian-Americans in the study favoured Democratic party while only 20% backed the Republican party.
The study underlined that Indian-Americans slightly prefer the Democratic Party over its candidate, Hillary Clinton (73% - 71%), and strongly prefer the Republican Party than its candidate, Donald Trump (20% - 11%), though they don’t like either very much.
Response to another question showed that 71% of Indian-American voters were registered as Democrats – the second-highest after Hmong ( a southeast Asian group) and only 13% were enrolled as Republicans.