By The SATimes News Service
Washington: A poll of Indian Americans has found that 66% of respondents favor Democrat Joe Biden for President in November, while President Donald Trump has made considerable headway, coming up from 16% in 2016, according to the Indiaspora-AAPI Data survey released on Tuesday.
Significantly, Indian Americans’ support for Biden is far lower than the 77% support for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the brutal 84% that President Barack Obama got in 2012.
The poll also affirmed the growing clout of the Indian American community’s 1.8 million registered voters — 56% of them reported being contacted by Democrats and 48% by Republicans, compared to only 31% reached by any party in 2016.
As a community with the highest earnings, Indian Americans are also “flexing their financial muscle” as the survey put it. A quarter of those polled said they had made donations to a candidate, political party or some other campaign body this year (amounting to $3 million anecdotally).
Neeraj Antani, a Republican member of the Ohio state legislature, attributed Trump’s expanding support among Indian Americans to the president’s outreach to the community, his visit to India in February and for standing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and neutrality on issues like CAA and Article 370.
Indian Americans have the numbers that both Biden and Trump would want in battleground states.
M R Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora, said, “Given the Indian diaspora’s increasing political importance in the US, it’s no surprise they are being courted by both sides of the aisle.”