US Presidential Elections 2016: American Hindus are primarily Democrats, says study

Nearly 61 per cent Hindus lean towards the Democratic Party, while only 13 per cent favour Republicans, and the rest 21 per cent have no leanings, shows a study.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 8, 2016 5:12 pm
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American Hindus are the strongest supporters of the Democratic party, reveals a recent study. Nearly 61 per cent Hindus lean towards the Democratic Party, while only 13 per cent favour Republicans, and the rest 21 per cent have no leanings, shows a study conducted by Pew Research Center based in US.

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The study has a precedent, as in the past decade the number of Asian-American voters, including Indian immigrants, have nearly doubled to around 3.9 million from 2 million in 2012, according to a survey conducted by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Majority Muslims also lean towards Democrats, says Pew Research, with around 64 per cent favouring the party, while 17 per cent in favour of Republicans. This is not surprising given Republican candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and controversial anti-immigration policies announced in the past.

Another research by Pew points out that American Hindus tend to have higher incomes with roughly 43 per cent earning $100,000 or more. Now, even with prosperity and success, the community should swing towards the Republicans, but that’s not the case.

Most Indian-Americans are middle class, according to a report in the BBC, and they view President Barack Obama as addressing some issues that matter to them the most, such as reducing the spiralling costs of college education, passing the healthcare act and focus on social security and so on. The social safety nets are important for their ageing parents’ retirement years.