A survey released October by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and AAPIData reveals many insights into the fastest-
growing racial group in the United States, including their voting plans for House and Senate races in 2018, and various issue priorities
such as education, health care, and the state of the economy.  In addition to election-related topics, the survey also contains key opinion
data on affirmative action, labor protections, and immigration policy, including the administration’s recently announced plans to revoke
the legal status of immigrants with green cards who have used government assistance.

Sponsored by Civic Leadership USA and conducted in partnership with Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA), and
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the survey presents the results of interviews conducted by telephone and online from August
23 – October 4, 2018 of 1,316 Asian American registered voters.  

As the Asian American electorate continues to grow, the group will continue to play a significant role in political races at the national,
state, and local levels. Of importance is the increase in voter enthusiasm, with 48% polled indicating they are “more enthusiastic about
voting this year” compared to only 28% in 2014.

Of note, the Democratic Party holds a sizable advantage on most issues, with the greatest gaps found on the environment, racial
discrimination, health care, and gun control. At the same time, the Republican Party fares stronger on issues like taxes, jobs and the
economy, and national security. The Republican Party’s issue advantage among Asian American voters is stronger than in 2014, where it
held an advantage only on issues of national security.

Other notes of importance in the survey include:
Party Prospects in 2018 Midterms: Democratic Party candidates enjoy strong advantages among Asian American voters when
compared to Republican candidates, both in U.S. Senate races (52%-28%) and in House races (50%-28%). Vietnamese American
voters prefer Republican candidates in House races, and Filipino voters outside of California have a slight preference for Republican
Senate candidates.

Party Favorability: Asian American registered voters hold a net unfavorable view of the Republican Party, with 52% viewing the party
unfavorably and 34% viewing it favorably. At the same time, Asian American registered voters give the Democratic Party a large net
favorable rating (58%-28%).

Government Services: Asian Americans continue to support bigger government providing more services, including health care access
for undocumented immigrants, over smaller government providing fewer services (44% versus 24%, see Table 6). And this support is
consistent across ethnic groups, including among groups like Vietnamese Americans who are Republican-leaning.

Pathway to Citizenship: 64% of Asian Americans support, and 20% oppose, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Support for this policy is consistent across the board, including among Asian American Republicans.

Affirmative Action: 58% of Asian Americans think affirmative action programs designed to increase the number of black and minority
students on college campuses are a “good thing,” and an even larger 66% favor affirmative action programs designed to help African
Americans, women, and other minorities get better access to higher education.

Gun Control: Gun control has strong and consistent support among Asian Americans. By a nearly a 7-to-1 ratio, Asian American
registered voters favor stricter gun laws in the United States, with net support strongest among Chinese Americans and the foreign born.
And, while Democrats show the strongest support, even Asian American Republicans favor stricter gun laws.