7 in 10 AAPIs believe US is headed in the wrong direction: poll

7 in 10 AAPIs believe US is headed in the wrong direction: poll
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Michelle De Pacina
December 13, 2023
A new poll reveals that approximately seven in 10 Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Democrats vs. Republicans: In the poll conducted by AAPI Data and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research from Nov. 6 to 15, almost half (45%) of the respondents indicated they disapproved of President Joe Biden, which is slightly more positive than all U.S. adults at 41%.
However, more respondents align with the Democratic Party than the Republicans. The survey also indicates that Asian Americans trust Democrats more on issues like misinformation, election administration, student debt and climate change, but trust Republicans more on handling the economy. However, the decision is split when it comes to issues surrounding immigration
U.S. democracy: According to the report, only 12% of Asian American adults expressed strong confidence that U.S. democracy is functioning “extremely or very well,” while 47% believe it functions “somewhat well.”
Three-quarters of respondents believe the views of most people in the U.S. should significantly influence policy decisions. This support for general public opinion is slightly higher than the percentage (64%) who feel the same about the views of people from their own background. Additionally, more respondents prioritize the opinions of the general public compared to policy makers (31%) or interest groups (7%).
Distrust in both parties: Many in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community express distrust in both parties, particularly regarding election integrity and misinformation. Concerns regarding misinformation are high, with 83% considering it a major issue in U.S. elections. 
The poll reflects broader public sentiments, with 75% of U.S. adults believing the country is heading in the wrong direction and only about one in 10 expressing the belief that democracy is working “very” well. 
About the survey: The poll surveyed 1,115 U.S. adults of Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander descent, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The sample was drawn from NORC’s Amplify AAPI Panel, utilizing a probability-based approach to ensure representativeness of the AAPI population. 
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