Most Asian Americans Don’t Want to Give Prisoners the Right to Vote, Poll Shows

Majority of Asian Americans do not want to give prisoners the right to vote, a new poll has revealed.

According to The Hill and Harris X survey, 82% of registered Asian American voters rejected the proposal of allowing incarcerated felons to vote, contributing to a total of 69% who voted against the idea.

 

The poll, which surveyed 1,002 registered voters between April 27 and April 28, comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders brought attention to the topic last month.

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“When we look at the history of why our country has banned incarcerated people from voting, we must understand that the efforts to rob citizens of their voting rights was a legacy of slavery and continuing racist attitudes post-Jim Crow,” Sanders, who is running for president, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.

Majority of Asian Americans do not want to give prisoners the right to vote, a new poll revealed.

After Asian Americans, 74% of Whites, 66% of Hispanics, 60% of other ethnicities and 43% of Black Americans voted against the proposal.

In terms of party identification, 85% of Republicans and 61% of Democrats rejected the idea.

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Majority of Asian Americans do not want to give prisoners the right to vote, a new poll revealed.

Opposing figures are much higher on the subject of felons serving time for terrorism-related crimes, with Whites voting at 92%, Asians at 91%, Hispanics at 88% and Blacks at 75%.

Nine out of 10 (95%) who identified as other ethnicities voted the same way.

Majority of Asian Americans do not want to give prisoners the right to vote, a new poll revealed.

Sanders’s position has since been challenged by critics, including fellow presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who accused him of distracting the public from the larger issue of incarcerating non-violent felons.

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“If Bernie Sanders wants to get involved in a conversation about whether Dylann Roof and the Marathon bomber should have the right to vote, my focus is liberating black and brown people and low-income people from prison,” he told PBS.

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