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US 2016 Elections

Bernie Sanders meets Asian American Community Leaders in Chicago

Sanders Most Popular Candidate Among Asian-Americans


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders enjoys the highest
level of popularity for any major candidate of either party among
Asian-Americans, with his favorable score exceeding his unfavorable
score by 29 percentage points with this group. His competitor for the
Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, is not far behind, with a net
favorable score of +21
These results come from aggregated Gallup data for the months of  September, October and November, providing a combined sample of 868 self-reported Asian-Americans.


Republican candidates are the least popular among Asian Americans with Donald Trump taking last place with 63% viewing him as unfavorable and 20% as favorable. 

CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday met with prominent leaders of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to discuss the need for immigration reform, securing voting rights, and providing affordable healthcare to all Americans. Sanders was joined by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Brad Jenkins, former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. There are more than 600,000 Asian Americans living in Illinois.

“I support Senator Sanders because of the historic number of young Americans who have joined the campaign — volunteering, donating and organizing their communities for change,” said Jenkins. “If we hope to protect and build on the progress of President Obama, we need to continue to lift up these young voters and inspire them to the polls.”

“Our communities have often been the difference between winning and losing. The margin of victory makes a difference,” said Rep. Gabbard.

“In times where Islamophobia and xenophobia are running rampant, where Asian-Americans are victims of racial profiling, where black and brown people are targets of police brutality, Sanders stands up for the marginalized with his policies,” said Kristina Wong.

Guests at the meeting included:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
Brad Jenkins, Executive Producer of Funny or Die
Annabel Park, Filmmaker
Winnie Wong, Co-founder of People for Bernie
Shajan Kuriakose, Indo-American Democratic Organization
Cyriac K. Chandy, Indo-American Democratic Organization
Kristina Wong, Entertainer and comedian
Susan Patel, South Asian Chamber of Commerce
Alyssa Martin, Students for Bernie at Columbia College

Chicago Reaching out to South Asian Voters


Approximately 65 percent of the more than four million South Asians who live in the U.S. - those who can trace their heritage to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka - are citizens who can vote. Chicago is making new efforts to encourage more in the large South Asian community to cast a ballot.