What is sometimes overlooked; however, is the growing number of Asians in the United States. It might be hard to believe when looking solely at percentages, but they are the fastest growing minority group. Census data shows a 46% increase from 2000 to 2010. The Asian population increased more than four times faster than the total U.S. population. The region to see the largest distribution was the west, especially in California and Hawaii. Other states to see large distribution percentages are New York, Texas, New Jersey, Washington and Illinois.
Like other minority populations, they identify or lean more Democratic. This does not mean they are wedded to the Democratic Party – in fact, 46% of Asian Americans describe themselves, first, as independent or other. Asian Americans are the highest-income and best educated minority group in the United States. This is intriguing because one would think they fit the profile of a typical Republican voter. Nonetheless, Asian Americans are more likely to support an activist government. The switch from Asian Americans voting more Republican to more Democratic took place during the Clinton Administration. Clinton had a successful economic record and active recruitment of downballot Asian Americans.
Time will tell if Democrats continue to hang onto to this group or if Republicans can win them over, along with Latinos, younger voters and unmarried women.