Thursday, January 22, 2009

Asian American Voting on Prop 8 Was Significantly Influenced by Age, English Proficiency and Religiosity

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), API Equality-LA, API Equality, and California Faith for Equality (CAFFE) released a study today on Asian American voting trends on Prop 8. 

The survey shows that age and religiosity are determining factors, a trend similar to other racial and ethnic groups. Here are the main results:

'Overall, Asian Americans narrowly supported Prop 8 - 54% Yes to 46% No.' The more useful information, however, is the analysis by age, English proficiency, religiosity. 

'Asian Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 voted significantly against Prop 8 (69% to 31%), with some Asian ethnic groups showing more than three-fourths of its young voters opposing Prop 8.'

'Asian Americans who were fluent in English clearly opposed Prop 8 (58% opposed) whereas few of those who were limited English speaking opposed Prop 8 (25% opposed).'

'Asian American voters regardless of ethnic group were overwhelmingly more likely to oppose Prop 8 if they "never" attended a church, temple, or mosque (71%) than if they "never" attended (25%). For those that "sometimes" attended, a majority (55%) opposed Prop 8.'

The full study is available at

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