Exit poll: Majority of Fil-ams voted for Obama

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President Barack Obama smiles after delivering his victory speech to supporters gathered in Chicago early Wednesday Nov. 7 2012. AP/Jerome Delay

SAN FRANCISCO–Contrary to pre-election projections that most Filipino Americans were going to vote Republican last November, a multi-state exit poll found that the majority of Filipino American voters instead chose President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.

A nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense Fund in the November 2012 Presidential Elections found that 65 percent of Filipino Americans voters went for Obama.

In the Presidential Election, three-quarters (77 percent) of Asian Americans polled voted for Obama for President and 21 percent voted for Mitt Romney. Support for each candidate varied by ethnic group, with a high of 54 percent of Vietnamese Americans voting for Romney, compared with only 3 percent of Bangladeshi Americans.

Largest poll of its kind

The survey was the largest survey of its kind in the nation. AALDEF, a 39-year old New York-based national organization, polled Asian American voters in 37 cities across 14 states on Election Day: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Nevada, California, and Washington, D.C.

Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF Democracy Program Director, presented the results of the 2012 multilingual exit poll in Washington, DC. Key findings include the following:

Three-quarters (77 percent) of Asian Americans polled voted for Obama for President and 21 percent voted for Mitt Romney.
Support for each candidate varied by ethnic group, with a high of 54 percent of Vietnamese Americans voting for Romney, compared to 3 percent of Bangladeshi Americans.
The percentage of Asian Americans who voted for Obama by ethnic group are as follows (from highest to lowest): Bangladeshi American (96 percent); Pakistani American (91 percent); Indian American (84 percent); Chinese American (81 percent); Korean American (78 percent); Filipino American (65 percent); and Vietnamese American (44 percent).
Younger Asian voters preferred Obama
In addition, only ten percent of Asian Americans under 30 voted for Romney, compared with 16 percent of Asian Americans between 30-39; 26 percent of Asian Americans between 40-49; 26 percent between 50-59 percent; and 27 percent between 60-69.
Nearly four out of five (79 percent) of Asian Americans polled were foreign-born naturalized U.S. citizens. 10 percent became citizens within the past 2 years; 45 percent became citizens more than 10 years ago. More than a quarter (27 percent) of those polled said that they voted for the first time in the 2012 Presidential Elections.

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  • INQ_reader

    Ang bagal naman ng exit poll na ito. 3 buwan bago lumabas ang resulta. Di pa ba uso ang computer sa tate?

    • giltor

      Most likely they were massaging and manipulating the numbers to satisfy the needs of whoever commisioned the study.

      Disraeli said: “There are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics.

  • BIGButo

    No wonder so many uninformed voters reelected Obama. Now many Obama voters are sorry they voted for him. Good thing he is on his last 4 year term. I don’t think the American economy can take much more of him.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i was a informed voter and i voted for him  and im not sorry because i know the republicans only care the rich and themselves, the email me their garbage everyday

      • giltor

        How many times?

        Did you vote early and often too and yet you claimed that you live with the downtrodden in Mindanao. How did you do that – obangaw, pbuh flew you on board SR71?

        Did you vote for your neighbors too?

        You phoney baloney, plastic banana, good time red diaper doper faker scammer.

        I’ve got your number!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        did i say i lived in mindanao see you cant even read azzhole you got by number do something about it coward be a big hero stupid havent you heard of absentee ballot and i own land in america . to bad your brain dead or you would know that what and idiot pooper scooper how many times have you voted brain dead. phoney piece of crap and i have you in my sights bang dumb dumb 

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i mean my  in case you cant understand english. i dont spend all my time here i go back and forth just like most many foreigners, but i dont need to explain anything to you because again you dont have a clue. good bye plastic man tata. 

      • giltor

        English – yes. Wanglish – no!

        You Phoney baloney , plastic banana, good time red diaper doper faker scammer.

        I’ve got you.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        what is a wanglish speak english same old boring insults

      • giltor

        Horse hockey,

        Now calm down – it is election time now and gun is not allowed,

        You Phoney baloney , plastic banana, good time red diaper doper faker scammer.

        I’ve got you.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i have no problem, as for calming down you have been harassing me several days now  so now im going after you oh horses dont play hockey its jockey

    • Crazy_horse101010

      ps love the stock market. making the big bucks tata

      • giltor

        You must have made a killing on Solyndra and GM not to mention Aman high yields Investments.

        You Phoney baloney , plastic banana, good time red diaper doper faker scammer.

        I’ve got your number.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps not thats its any of your business my house here is in a small fishing village i live here with other foreigners who do something besides cry and insult people come on down i will introduce you to some. since you have my number i will be waiting for your call see you baby

      • giltor

        Horse hockey,

        I have no desire to go to your imaginary house in an imaginary fishing village. If I do, only to imaginary feed you and your imaginary friends to the imaginary fish.

        You Phoney baloney , plastic banana, good time red diaper doper faker scammer.

        I’ve got you.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you aint got squat horse dung. you got come and get me faker  oh can you come up with different names to insult your getting boring. no imagination. whats  the matter no guts. ive seen cbyerbullies like you before all mouth no action and when someone bullies back you fall to pieces. i love this it is the most fun  ive had in a long time it was getting boring in my imaginary fishing villagehaw haw haw your cute.

      • giltor

        Hey, name your poison! horse hockey.

    • riza888

      We survived 8 years of Bush. You’ll survive 4 more years of Obama.

      • giltor

        Oh – horse hockey below put a LIKE on your post.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Now that the new taxes and looming high cost of heath care under the new  Obama program are slowly sinking in, these voters will know what they have done.

  • riza888

    Instead of focusing on President Obama’s flaws as you see it, why not talk about the great Republican candidate that has better ideas for the country?
    … Oh, I’m sorry, there aren’t any great or halfway competent Republican candidates out there.

    The Republicans need to accept their loss and quit crying like babies. They need to direct their energy in trying to win the next election.

  • kilabot

    hoping the illegals will be legalized. 
    and obama is going in that direction; 
    not only that, he wants perversion to become the new normal; 
    and kisses the a$ses of terrorists.

  • NY_Pinoy

     Ang Pinoy talaga, bumabalingbing sa kung sinon nanalo.  Noong malayo pa ang eleksyon, ako lang ata ang Obama sa aking mga kakilala.  Sinasabihan pa nila ako na Anti-Christ daw si Obama.  Tapos ngayon sasakay din pala.

  • mingming2012

    Right now many Americans are leaving the country trying to avoid the high taxes…Even the business companies are laying off their employees and hiring part timers. Some big companies are now owned by foreign countries such as china. Obama is making America a super powerless country in the world…. what a ‘great’ president he is!!!! :(

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