Press Release

March 21: AALDEF to Release Findings on New York Asian American Vote in 2012 Elections & Support for Immigration Reform



New York, NY — On Thursday, March 21, in New York, NY, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings from its exit poll of 4,089 Asian American voters in New York in the November 2012 elections, the largest survey of its kind in the nation. The results will be released at a special presentation at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, 1633 Broadway, at 12 noon.

In anticipation of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and the “Gang of 8’s” forthcoming comprehensive immigration reform proposal, AALDEF will detail Asian American support for immigration reform in New York, as well as profiles of the Asian American vote by ethnicity, nativity, party enrollment, age, and English proficiency.

AALDEF conducted the exit poll in New York counties with large Asian American populations, including New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), and Queens Counties. The exit poll results in New York are part of AALDEF’s 14-state multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters, which reveals vital information about Asian American voting patterns that is often overlooked in mainstream voter surveys.

AALDEF Democracy Program Director Glenn Magpantay will present comparative information on the following topics covered in the 2012 Asian American Exit Poll, including:

  • Vote for President and Congress
  • Party enrollment and voting history
  • Concerns about key issues such as comprehensive immigration reform
  • Ethnicity and national origin
  • English proficiency levels
  • Citizenship tenure (duration)
  • First-time voters
  • Voting barriers

EVENT: AALDEF Releases Detailed Findings on the Asian American Vote in New York in the 2012 Presidential Elections

DATE/TIME: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 at 12 noon

PLACE: Dickstein Shapiro LLP, 1633 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Streets. C/E/1 to 50th Street; N/Q/R to 49th Street

DIAL-IN: Please RSVP for dial-in number and link to the online presentation

RSVP: Please send name, affiliation, and contact information to Ujala Sehgal, or call 212.966.5932 x217

About the Asian American Exit Poll:

AALDEF’s multilingual exit polls reveal vital information about Asian American voting patterns that is often overlooked in mainstream voter surveys. AALDEF has conducted exit polls of Asian American voters in every major election since 1988. In the 2008 Presidential Election, AALDEF surveyed 16,665 Asian American voters in eleven states. In 2012, more than 100 community groups and organizations joined AALDEF to mobilize over 800 attorneys, law students, and volunteers to conduct the exit poll and to safeguard the voting rights of Asian Americans.


The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Contact: Ujala Sehgal at 212.966.5932 x217 or

Presented by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in collaboration with Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College/ CUNY Asian American Bar Association of New York Alliance for South Asian American Labor Chhaya CDC MinKwon Center for Community Action