| Source: Senator Raphael Warnock Campaign
NEW YORK, NY — In a tightly watched Senate runoff election in Georgia on December 6 between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and former football running back Herschel Walker, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) exit poll showed that Asian American voters overwhelmingly supported Warnock.
The results of its nonpartisan, multilingual exit poll of 337 Asian American voters were conducted at five critical sites for Asian American voters in DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Voters were surveyed in English and 4 Asian languages: Bengali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
“The Senate runoff in Georgia was a critical election, not just for the state but also for the entire country. Georgians have given Senate Democrats a 51 to 49 majority that will affect our national policy for the coming years. For Asian American voters in Georgia, health care and specifically abortion access proved to be a critical issue strongly influencing their vote,” said Margaret Fung, executive director of AALDEF.
Volunteers also monitored for compliance with the language assistance provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act and to guard against anti-Asian discrimination and intimidation.
“Asian Americans were nearly unified in their support of Raphael Warnock for Senate and were likely the difference in this extremely close election. Unfortunately, too many Asian American voters were sent to the wrong poll site and were not given provisional ballots,” said Jerry Vattamala, director of AALDEF’s Democracy Program.
AALDEF attorneys and volunteers observed several voter problems, including:
- Voters being redirected to different poll sites
- Voters being sent to incorrect poll sites
- Voters not being provided provisional ballots
Asian American voters’ support for Senator Warnock grew versus the November 8 General Election, with 78.1% supporting him in the runoff versus 60.1% in the general election.
The five most prominent Asian American national origin groups in our survey supported Senator Warnock:
- Bangladeshi: 96.3% Warnock, 3.7% Walker
- Asian Indian: 83.3% Warnock, 14.1% Walker
- Vietnamese: 80.0% Warnock, 20.0% Walker
- Korean: 64.8% Warnock, 35.2% Walker
- Chinese: 61.5% Warnock, 38.5% Walker
Female voters supported Warnock 81.4% and Walker 17.9%, while Male voters supported Warnock 75.7% and Walker 23.6%.
Native-Born voters supported Warnock 93.2% and Walker 6.8%, while Foreign-Born voters supported Warnock 72.3% and Walker 27.7%.
Voters with limited English proficiency (LEP) supported Warnock 64.4% and Walker 35.6%, while Non-LEP voters supported Warnock 84.9% and Walker 15.1%.
Registered Democrats voted for Warnock by 98.5%, while registered Republicans voted for Walker by 84.6%.
Asian American voters ranked the top three categories influencing their vote for U.S. Senate: Education, Health Care, and Economy/Jobs.
- Top 3 for Warnock: Health Care, Education, and Economy/Jobs
- Top 3 for Walker: Economy/Jobs, Education, and Taxes
32.9% of Asian American voters who voted for Governor Kemp in the November 8 general election voted for Senate Warnock in the December 6 runoffs.
89.2% of Asian American voters who did not vote for a candidate for governor on November 8 voted for Warnock in the December 6 runoffs.
Asian American voters who approve of Joe Biden’s performance voted for Warnock 93.5% and Walker 5.8%.
Asian American voters who disapprove of Joe Biden’s performance voted for Warnock 37.1% and Walker 62.9%.
Asian American voters who support abortion access voted for Warnock 91.5% and Walker 8.0%.
Asian American voters who oppose abortion access voted for Warnock 34.0% and Walker 66.0%.
Asian American voters aged 18-29 voted for Warnock 92.0% and Walker 6.7%.
Asian American voters aged 30-39 voted for Warnock 87.5% and Walker 12.5%.
Asian American voters aged 40-49 voted for Warnock 84.9% and Walker 15.1%.
Asian American voters aged 50-59 voted for Warnock 66.1% and Walker 33.9%.
Asian American voters aged 60-69 voted for Warnock 71.9% and Walker 25.0%.
Asian American voters aged 70 and over voted for Warnock 37.5% and Walker 62.5%.
–With Jay Domingo/PDM