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Most Asian Voters Statewide Supported Tax Hike

The results of a poll done by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, with help from the National Asian American Survey, was released today.

About 65 percent of voters of Asian descent statewide voted in favor of the temporary increase on state income and sales taxes to help pay for public education, according to a first-of-its kind post- election poll released today by a Los Angeles-based advocacy group.

The poll done by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, with help from the National Asian American Survey, showed 76 percent of California voters of Asian descent supported raising state income taxes on the wealthy.

"Discussions in California around Proposition 30 and the state budget crisis set the stage for today's national debate around the 'fiscal cliff,"' APALC President Stewart Kwoh said. "These data show that Asian Americans support taxation proposals like President Obama's that ask wealthy Americans to pay their fair share."

Seventy percent of 1,800 people polled voted for President Barack Obama, according to the poll.

The poll found Obama's immigration policies, including the president's executive order in June aimed at preventing the deportation of qualified undocumented young immigrants and providing them with two-year work permits, played an important role in their decision.

The post-election poll was done in English, Spanish and seven Asian languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

The poll is being expanded to encompass the views of some 5,000 Asian American voters statewide. APALC plans to release county-level data for Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

APALC released the poll results during a morning news conference in Los Angeles.

Vito Spago November 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
This is because Asians think this is free money. They do not realize that their property taxes or sales taxes will increase, likely for many years. Some bonds have 40 year pay off periods where the interest paid means that the debt paid back is 100 times the original loan. If Asians knew this they would be like the rest of us and never vote for tax increases.
Teri Felker November 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM
As usual, I agree with Vito. These folks just don't care- I guess there money comes from "elsewhere".
Local Person November 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Sadly, although this story addresses Asian voters, it is also typical of the California and U.S. electorate. In my opinion, we reached a critical tipping point in this last election. One where the takers and their accomplices outnumber the producers. With a President who is exploiting class warfare and envy for personal/party gain, It's all down hill from here folks.
Gregory Brittain November 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Question for Asian voters. Why do you support the Dems when the Dems' racial preferences policies in college admissions hurt Asian kids the most?
Dubya November 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Prop 30 has nothing to do with bonds. Prop 30 does not issue bonds. So, Vito needs to talk facts. Prop 30 gets it's income from the increase in 1/4 percent increase in sales tax and higher state income tax on incomes above 250K. Nobody likes tax increases. Apparently, the majority of Californians (btw - Asians are not the majority) thought a tax increase for education was a correct tradeoff. This is a free country. Thats why we have elections. If you don't like it, you can always move. That's freedom!!!
Dubya November 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I disagree. I think it shows that 'these folks' care about education and are willing to pay for it. 'These folks' are your AP students, scholars and make up the majority of the students in the top UC's (Berkeley, UCLA, Irvine). Over 50% are 'these folks'. The really interesting part is that 'these folks' make up less than 10% of the population.
Teri Felker November 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I think a lot of these folks come here for all the free stuff they can get ; first and formost an education paid for by those of us who have been here forever. I've heard it directly stated.
Gregory Brittain November 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #11 After the UK raised the top tax rate to 50%, 2/3 of British millionaires disappeared from the tax rolls. With Obama’s tax increases and CA’s tax increase, CA millionaires will have a >50% tax rate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9707029/Two-thirds-of-millionaires-left-Britain-to-avoid-50p-tax-rate.html Who could have imagined that people would alter their behavior in response to changes in tax rates?
Gregory Brittain November 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Let's all watch and learn the effects of having, by a wide margin, the highest state income tax rates in America.

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