Aries Dela Cruz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 24, 2016
NEW POLL REVEALS FILIPINO AMERICANS’ HISTORIC, OVERWHELMING SHIFT OF 30 POINTS TOWARDS DEMOCRATS
GOP’S FAVORABILITY SEVERELY DAMAGED AMONG FILIPINO AMERICANS
FILIPINOS IN 2012 WERE MOST LIKELY TO IDENTIFY AS REPUBLICAN AMONG ASIAN AMERICAN GROUPS
DATA CLEARLY SHOWS ELECTORAL CONTACT MOBILIZATION GAP FOR FILIPINO AMERICANS –
GROUPS LIKE FILIPINO AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF NEW YORK ARE KEY TO MEETING THIS NEED
NEW YORK—The president of the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York, Aries Dela Cruz, responded to poll results that show an record 30-point gain in the percentage of Filipino Americans who identify as Democrats since the last presidential election in 2012: “Now more than ever, Filipino Americans are identifying with the Democratic Party’s vision of equality and opportunity for all Americans, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or who they love,” he said. “This vision involves making it easier for Filipino American working families, and indeed all Americans, to build a secure and prosperous life such as a higher minimum wage, comprehensive immigration reform, and increased access to affordable healthcare and education.”
After the release by AAPI Data, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice of the Spring 2016 Asian American Voter Survey, the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York (FADCNY) independently highlighted the survey’s valuable findings and implications for the Filipino American community.
“By every measure, from surveys like this, to our everyday experiences working with the Filipino American community, we encounter the rising potential of the Filipino American political community in the United States,” said FADCNY Vice President Steven Raga. “This being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are reminded of the hard-fought battles for recognition and progress that our community has faced, and the need for the more of the kind of political organizing still needed to be done by groups like FADCNY to secure the Filipino community’s place as a core part of the story of America.”
Other welcome news in the survey include Filipino Americans leading Asian Americans as being the top group to use social media to share political information (p. 42). “Filipino Americans have always been technological innovators and incredibly active on social media. The Philippines is known as the social networking capital of the world,” said FADCNY Communications Director Marian Guerra. “Here in the United States, we have been able to leverage social media platforms to start conversations about important issues and current events, and many of us have become digitally-savvy political organizers.”
Yet, FADCNY was reminded that more work needs to be done to turn this online political engagement into real concrete and material actions, as the data also showed that Filipino American respondents were the least likely among Asian Americans to have attended a political demonstration or rally (p. 43).
Read the full Press Release here.
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