[NPR] How Asian American voters went from Republican to Democratic

September 17, 2015


(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)


In 2012, nearly three-quarters of Asian American voters went for President Obama. But, rewind — 20 years prior — and you’ll find fewer than a third voted Democrat.

In fact, in the span of two decades, the Asian American vote in presidential elections has gone from being solidly Republican, to increasingly Democrat.

Analysts have described the Asian American political shift as the most dramatic swing in recent presidential voting behavior across any demographic. But how did it happen?

It’s a complicated story. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the country, but they’re also the least likely to vote. Nearly half (47 percent) consider themselves politically independent.