BOSTON (Feb. 27, 2012)–The results of a national opinion poll of Asian Indians released today by INE Media Inc., the publisher of IndUS Business Journal and INDIA New England newspaper, showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads his nearest rivals Rep. Ron Paul by 24.1 percentage points and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum by 33.4 percentage points.
But if the presidential elections were held today, an overwhelming 80 percent of Asian Indians would vote for President Barack Obama.
The online survey was conducted on Feb. 22-26 with respondents coming from across the country.
“This is the first survey of Asian Indians during this presidential election season,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of IndUS Business Journal and INDIA New England. “Indians have been primarily known in the United States for their entrepreneurial skills with excellence in the academic, scientific and technology fields, but now they’re making their mark on both the local and national political scenes.”
Some prominent Asian-Indian politicians in the United States today include South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The participants in the national survey were asked, if they were to vote today, which of the Republican candidates they would support. This is what they said: Gov. Romney: 51.9 percent; Rep. Paul, 27.8 percent; Sen. Santorum: 18.5 percent; and former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich 1.9 percent.
When asked how they would vote for these Republican candidates versus President Obama if presidential elections were held today, President Obama had a commanding lead. Eighty percent said they would vote for President Obama; 14.7 percent for Gov. Romney; 2.7 percent for Rep. Paul; 2.7 percent for Sen. Santorum; and less than 1 percent for Speaker Gingrich.