Japanese American Voters Lean Democratic
There are more than 1.4 million Japanese Americans in the country. Many in this voting bloc draw parallels between Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. “For many Japanese Americans, our disagreements with the policies of the Trump administration are deeply personal,” said David Inoue, Executive Director of the 8,000-member Japanese American Citizens League. “The singling out of Muslims combined with the president’s rhetoric is exactly like the racism that led to Japanese American incarceration during World War II,” he said. Only 14% of Japanese Americans are happy with Trump’s presidency, compared with 24% for Chinese Americans and 28% for Indian Americans, according to a poll conducted by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Data. Asian American voters on a whole favor Democrats over Republicans by about a two-to-one ratio in both the House and Senate races, with such voters aligning themselves with the Democrats on issues such as health care, racial discrimination, the environment, and gun control, the poll shows. However, Republicans fare stronger on issues like taxes and national security, as well as jobs and the economy. In 2016, Japanese Americans reported the highest rates of voting (62%) among Asian Americans tied only with Indian Americans, followed by Filipino and Vietnamese Americans. More here.