Bill Clinton only received 31 percent of the Asian American vote in 1992. A variety of explanations are offered for the dramatic shift.
- Asian Americans often reside in deep blue states and pick up the political attitudes of the area.
- On a variety of measures, Asian Americans are liberal, supporting Obamacare and preferring more to less government.
- Asian Americans are not homogenous in their political orientation. The exceptionally high level of support registered in 2012 could be an exit poll artifact even though they clearly lean Democratic.
- Many Asian Americans are highly educated and may assimilate the political attitudes of America’s educated elites.
- Democrats have offered appointments and been solicitous of the community the last two decades.
- Republican anti-immigrant rhetoric has alienated the community.