US Elections: Biden, Harris snatch Indian-American support with overwhelming numbers

Joe Biden is favourite amongst the average Indian-American voter, contrary to the preconceived fact that Donald Trump is the popular one due to his relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Despite the good relations of Donald Trump and Narendra Modi, the Indian diaspora is downpouring their support for Joe Biden. This trend of voting for Biden has been factored by the presence of Kamala Harris as the Democrat party's nominee for Vice President. This has been a real blow for Trump's dream of re-election as he majorly expected Indian-Americans' support. Harris's selection to be the Vice Presidential candidate might not "change the numbers of votes" but it created "greater enthusiasm" for the Democrats, the analysis said pointing out that the community was always heavily committed to that party.

Biden races ahead of Trump in key American-Indian voter base: key points

  • The poll released on Thursday reported that 72 per cent of registered Indian-American voters said that they planned to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket and only 22 per cent for President Donald Trump.
  • The new poll showed that the close ties between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have not translated into a swing among Indian American voters towards the Republican, according to a paper published by Carnegie analysing it.
  • According to the US Census Bureau in 2018 there were 4.16 million Asian Indians of whom 2.62 million were US citizens. But despite the small numbers, the community's support is avidly sought by both parties.
  • More Indian-Americans, 39 per cent, reported that the Democratic Party does a better job on India-US relations while 18 per cent said the Republican Party is better.
  • The perception among Indian Americans that the Republican Party "is intolerant of minorities and overly influenced by Christian evangelicalism" keeps them from identifying with the party, according to the analysis.
  • It said: "Looking forward, each year, approximately 150,000 Indian-Americans will become newly eligible to vote a third through naturalisation and the rest are children of immigrants reaching voting age.
  • "Given these demographic trends and the more liberal leanings of US-born Indian-Americans, it is likely that the median Indian-American voter will become even more inclined to the policy stances of the Democratic Party.