Behind the Numbers: Pre and Post Election Surveys of AAPI Voters in 2012

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote) National Asian American Survey (NAAS)
| April 21, 2013

Surveys of AAPI voters shows that this demographic was up for grabs in 2012 and did not tend to lean toward one political party or the other.

As the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States, the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities demonstrated their strength and commitment to civic participation by turning out in record numbers in the 2012 election.

Our findings emphasize that Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are truly up for grabs. Although overall political engagement increased, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do not strongly identify with any party. They vote for candidates who support and promote progress on issues that matter to their families and communities.

This report showcases results from The 2012 Asian American and Pacific Islander Post-Election Survey (2012 AAPI PES), the largest nationally representative survey of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in 2012. It was the only voter survey conducted in nine Asian languages, English, and Spanish. A total of 6,609 interviews were completed in November and December 2012 based on a nationally representative sample, with oversamples in California.