AAPI Civic Engagement Project

National CAPACD's 2012 AAPI Civic Engagement Project

138 Viet Vote event in Philadelphia, PA (8/12), photo courtesy of Boat People SOS

National CAPACD piloted a Civic Engagement project with a core set of local community-based organizations to mobilize Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to vote. The project provided funding, training, and support to 25 partner organizations in 14 states to work locally in conducting voter registration, get-out-the-vote activities, voter education, and leadership development for the 2012 elections.

National CAPACD's mission is to be a powerful voice for the community development needs of AAPI communities. This project is a new opportunity to continue this mission and raise and move the issues of housing and community development forward. 

The National Asian American Election Eve Poll 
National CAPACD, in partnership with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) contracted with Latino Decisions, an opinion research firm to conduct a nonpartisan survey of Asian American voters on the weekend before the November 6, 2012 presidential election. This election eve telephone poll was conducted to help to create a more accurate profile and voting preferences of the Asian American electorate as election results are being reported.  The poll complements this year’s unprecedented Asian American civic engagement efforts, and increase visibility within mainstream media about the importance and characteristics of the Asian American vote in the 2012 elections. 
A nationally representative sample of 800 respondents from six Asian ethnic groups: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese American voters were interviewed. Interviews were held in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese) and included states with large or fast-growing Asian American populations, such as California, New York, Hawaii, Washington, Texas, and Florida.  The survey instrument included questions about Asian American voting preferences, motivation for voting, opinions on immigration and the economy, and the use of Asian language media--issues that are often omitted from national exit polls.