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Indian Americans solidly behind Biden in US presidential election, survey shows

NEW DELHI: Nearly three-quarters of
Americans plan to vote for Democratic
presidential candidate Joe
in the
election next month, believing the country is headed
in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump, according to a
survey on Wednesday.

Americans, the second largest immigrant group
in the United States, make up less than 1% of registered voters for the Nov. 3
election. But both parties have reached out to the community
in case they become important
in the event of a close vote.

Indian community is also
in the spotlight after
Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of an
Indian immigrant, as his running mate. Harris is the first Black woman and Asian American
in history to make the
presidential ticket for a major party.

survey found 72% of registered
Indian American voters supported
Biden for president compared to 22% for Trump. The rest either chose “others” or said they did not intend to vote.

survey, a collaboration between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and the University of Pennsylvania, covered 936

It was conducted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 20
in partnership with YouGov with an overall margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

Indian community has traditionally supported the Democratic Party, but strong personal ties between Trump and
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have raised expectations of a shift.

In an effort to win support from
Indian-American voters, Trump hosted a 50,000-person “Howdy Modi” rally
in Texas with Modi last year. Modi returned the favor
in February, organizing a 110,000-attendee rally for Trump
in India.

There has been speculation the
Indian community
in the
S. may not favor a potential
Biden presidency, fearing he may be tougher on India on issues such as human rights and civil liberties that activists say are increasingly at risk under Modi.

Still, the
survey showed little erosion
in support for

“The big takeaway from these numbers is that there is scant evidence
in the
survey for the widespread defection of Democratic voters toward Trump,” said Milan Vaishnav from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Devesh Kapur from Johns Hopkins and Sumitra Badrinathan
in their assessment.

Voters who were polled listed the economy and healthcare as their top two concerns
in the lead-up to the vote.
S.-India ties were near the bottom of the list.

Harris’s run for vice president has galvanised
Americans to turn out to vote, especially the Democrats.

About 49% of respondents indicated that Harris’s nomination made them more enthusiastic about
Biden’s candidacy while just 15% said it made them less enthusiastic.

Harris is born to an
Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both emigrated to the United States
in their youth to study.

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