Election Day Goes OK

The votes are in, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) reports that 79% of the people it surveyed have favored Democratic candidates.

Preliminary results released by the Fund—which include the input of 4,600 Asian American voters in eight states—suggest that 13% of the participants were first-time voters.

Highlights of the exit poll include:

* In Michigan, 76% of those surveyed voted against the state’s Anti-Affirmative Action Referendum–significant as it perhaps indicates their rejection of the idea that Asian Americans are harmed by affirmative action policies. The proposal to “end race- and gender-based affirmative action programs in education, hiring, contracting, and health initiatives” ultimately passed, however (58% to 42% against).

* A staggering 99% of those polled in Chicago voted for Democratic incumbent Gov. Rod Blagojevich—who defeated his Republican counterpart by 10 points.

“The decade-long trend of Asian American voters favoring Democratic candidates contributed to the dramatic shifts in political power that took place in Tuesday’s midterm elections,” said AALDEF’s Executive Director Margaret Fung.

For more, visit: https://www.aaldef.org/

November 10, 2006
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