They make up nearly 15 percent of California’s population, yet they are often ignored in polling and, by extension, political campaigns.
But research released this week by the liberal Ballot Initiative Strategy Center shows Asian-American communities in California are eager for more political engagement -- particularly around ballot measures.
The center, in conjunction with two research firms, conducted a series of focus groups and polled more than 1,800 Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino voters this spring and summer.
Cristina Uribe, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center’s California director, said the research indicates all four subgroups trend Democratic and see education and health care as key issues, she says. And while they know plenty about the presidential race, there's one area of their ballot they want more information about.