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Polls can get Latino, Asian American vote wrong

Taeku Lee quoted by NBC News, Nov. 4, 2016

“Public polling and the exit polls repeatedly get it wrong when it comes to capturing the Asian American electorate, whether by including too few Asian Americans in the sample, failing to conduct interviews in their primary language, or failing to ask about the issues that really matter to Asian Americans,” said Taeku Lee.


Trump risks alienating Asian-Americans, a rising voting force

Taeku Lee quoted by CNBC, July 28, 2016

Lee described the shift as a mix of “push and pull” from the two major American parties. The Democrats have backed policies like immigration reform, expanded health care access and affordable college and made visible appointments of Asian-Americans in key posts. Republicans have acted in ways that are “clearly unwelcoming” to Asian-Americans in those same policy areas, Lee said.


Extensive survey to look at Asian Americans

Taeku Lee quoted by Xinhua, New China, June 2, 2016

“Arguably the nation’s most dynamic and diverse population, the views and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) remain largely relegated to the shadows,” said Lee. “With data from this quadrennial project, the 2016 NAAS promises to shed critical light on the social, economic and political life and civic engagement of AAPIs.”


Polls rarely ask about concerns vital to minority voters

Taeku Lee writes for The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2015

On representativeness, the typical poll today successfully interviews fewer than 1 in 10 targeted respondents, with racial minorities, noncitizens and persons without college degrees among the underrepresented.


Why are Asian-Americans such loyal democrats?

Taeku Lee quoted in The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2015

“Today’s Asian Americans are not only liberal on the expected issues like health care reform, immigration reform, and educational reform, but they also seem to espouse liberal views across a wide range of unexpected issue areas like environmental politics, affirmative action, and the like.”


Did Asian Americans switch parties overnight? No.

Taeku Lee writes for The Washington Post, November 10, 2014

The bigger question is whether this is a real trend or whether Asian Americans, like most demographic groups, were just more likely to vote Republican in this one election.


American elections need help. Here’s how to make them better.

Taeku Lee cited in the Washington Post, January 22, 2014
The appendix also features more than 2,000 pages of testimony and political science research on election administration issues. Scholars such as … Taeku Lee (Berkeley) … testified before the commission. Their research, as well as the testimony of an even greater number of election administrators, was critical in focusing the commission on the facts of election administration as we know them.


Asian Americans turn Democratic

Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan write for Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2012

The fact that nearly three out of every four Asian Americans voted for Obama caught most pundits by surprise. Moreover, Asian Americans, who voted in record numbers in 2008, appear to have mobilized an even higher turnout in 2012. Asian Americans are no longer a swing vote or a crouching tiger in the electorate; their political stripes are now distinctly Democratic blue.

A quote from Taeku Lee also appeared in San Francisco Chronicle.


The crucial Asian American vote

Taeku Lee quoted in UCR Today, September 25, 2012

“Given the high proportion of immigrants among the Asian American electorate, we find a much higher proportion of non-partisans than the national average.” Lee is a principal investigator of the survey and co-author of a book (with Zoltan Hajnal), “Why Americans Don’t Join The Party.”


The untold future of American politics

Taeku Lee writes for The New York Times, June 4, 2012

Our research shows that the dominant force among minorities is not attachment to the Democratic Party but uncertainty about where they fit into American politics. What this means is that the future of the minority vote, and consequently the balance of power in American politics, is still very much up for grabs. If either party wants to attain dominance, it ignores this segment of the American population at its own peril.


Taeku Lee Notes Diversity of Asian-American Political Views

KQED-FM, January 18, 2011 Host Scott Shafer
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201101180900

“One of the really canonical features in political science about who votes and who doesn’t vote is what their socioeconomic background is like. The more well off and the more highly educated people are, the more likely they are to vote. But if you try to use that lens to predict which Asians are going to vote and which aren’t going to vote, you’re not likely to enjoy a great deal of success.”