WASHINGTON – Asian-Americans have surpassed Hispanics as the fastest-growing group of new immigrants to the United States, and that may provide a boost to Democratic Party hopes in this years elections, a survey shows.
Among immigrants to the U.S. in 2010, 36 percent were Asian and 31 percent Hispanic, according to the report by the Pew Research Center in Washington. In 2008, 42 percent of immigrants were Hispanic and 33 percent Asian.
Half of Asian-Americans say theyre Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 28 percent who identify with or lean toward Republicans, the report released Tuesday shows.
Among the general public, Democrats have a 49 percent to 39 percent lead over Republicans.
Their political views arent the only thing that set them apart. More than six in 10 people ages 25 to 64 who came from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelors degree, twice as many as recent non-Asian immigrants. And they are three times more likely than other immigrants to get green cards because of their employer rather than their family ties.
The survey of 3,511 Asian-Americans was conducted from Jan. 3-March 27.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.