Indian Americans likely to support Biden in Democratic primary: Survey

Indian Americans likely to support Biden in Democratic primary: Survey
Joe Biden. File Photo: Reuters

Washington: Indian Americans are most likely to back former vice president Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, a recent survey revealed.

Most voters of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, irrespective of the candidate they supported, perceived Biden as having the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, the report found.

Biden pips Senator Kamala Harris, the first US Senator of Indian origin, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu running for US presidency, and Andrew Yang of Chinese origin to take the spot.

Voters of Indian descent were reported to favour Biden over the others, while Yang 's numbers look much better among younger voters and Harris among older voters, the report said.

The survey indicated a three-way tie among Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren among the AAPI voters in the US.

The poll, conducted by Change Research and sponsored by and the AAPI Victory Fund, was released on Sunday in connection to the first-ever AAPI Democratic Presidential Forum held in Costa Mesa, California.

"We found that, while AAPI voters are roughly aligned with other Democratic primary voters on their presidential preferences, their choices are being guided by concerns that are unique to their communities," said Ben Greenfield, Change Research.

"They feel direct threats from White nationalism, racial and religious profiling, and are even more focused than other Democratic primary voters on issues like education and preventing gun violence," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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