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Survey: Fastest growing racial group offers political opportunity

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Asian-Americans could represent a pivotal voting bloc this election cycle, a new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners reveals.

On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Asian-American Justice Center and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) released a survey highlighting voting trends within the community which, the U.S. Census reported, grew 46 percent — “more than any other race group” between 2000 and 2010 — to over 17 million.

Lake Research Partners President Celinda Lake explained that the Asian-American population is a vote worth tapping into.

“Asian-Americans are the fastest growing in terms of the percentage they will play in electorate and the population — in the future, as well as today,” Lake explained on a conference call with reporters.

“So despite the growing trends, the growing presence — and there are some office holders obviously that are coming out of the Asian-American community — we are seeing that Asian Americans are lagging behind in political participation and visibility.”

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