Prosaic Observation of the Day: Republican Outreach to Asian Americans Falters

As noted earlier, in the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Republican Party dedicated itself to reaching out to Asian Americans (in addition to other ethnic groups). Thus far, the progress appears to be limited.

This is shown in the National Asian American Survey (October 2016). Here are two representative graphics.


Source: NAAS (October 2016)


Source: NAAS (October 2016)

What is the trend in voting preferences amongst “Asian-American registered voters who identify as Democratic or Republican”? As Five Thirty Eight notes, the aggregate Democratic share has gone up by 11 percentage points, going from the 2012 survey to the 2016 survey.

On a side note, a prediction not based on quantitative analysis: the antics associated with this election cycle have legitimized assaults based on misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. Given the popular support for such tendencies in one of the parties, I suspect that even after the election, we should anticipate that people feel it more appropriate to mock accents, as one Presidential candidate has, dismiss as foreigners Americans of identifiable ethnic origin, and to tell Americans to go to another country.

See additional discussion in NYT, WaPo, and FiveThirtyEight.

9 thoughts on “Prosaic Observation of the Day: Republican Outreach to Asian Americans Falters

  1. PeakTrader

    Quite a plan. Open borders to over 95% who are non-white, label white Americans, who oppose open borders “racists,” and many other negative terms, and treat the immigrants as victims.

    Democrats know how to get votes.

    1. Menzie Chinn Post author

      Peak Trader: This (native born) American thinks it useful to point out that the stories linked to at the end of the post are in reference to experiences of native born Americans.

      Or do those of the indicated ethnicities not count as Americans, in your view? That seems to be the implication of your comment.

      1. PeakTrader

        Menzie Chinn, I read the articles you cited earlier.

        Are you talking about the Asian student, who asked Trump a question about South Korea? And, Trump asked him if he was from South Korea and he said he was South Korean and born in Texas or Colorado? Would Trump ask him if he was from South Korea, if he asked a question about Texas or Colorado?

        Or, the ignorant lady who told the Asian girl (born in the U.S.) to go back to China and the Asian girl ran right up to her face (in a threatening way)? Why make a federal case about an ignorant lady?

        1. Menzie Chinn Post author

          Peak Trader: Story 1: He was an American of Korean descent. Story 2: It’s a he, not an Asian girl. I think this shows either you did not read carefully, or are impaired.

          1. PeakTrader

            Menzie Chinn, did the letter state it’s a him (didn’t read the comments)? Wasn’t a woman involved?

            He was an American student. You know many students are from foreign countries.

          2. Menzie Chinn Post author

            Peak Trader: The byline for the open letter is “Michael Luo”.

            The question about Korea came from an American born in Texas, grew up in Colorado. I suspect his accent would have been a tip off, sufficient for the astute.

  2. rtd

    I would be careful in making theses assertions. Despite being the party’s nominee, I’m not certain the nominee represents the party. This time is different.

  3. baffling

    “Despite being the party’s nominee, I’m not certain the nominee represents the party.”
    sorry, but the nominee exactly represents the party. the nominee is selected by the party. it was not some nefarious democratic plot to introduce trump into the republican bloodstream, like a virus, to inflict damage. donald trump was selected, in an openly democratic manner, to represent the republican party as candidate for president. people understood his boorish ways during the primary.

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