Asian American Millennials - Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs

Jun 29, 2016 - 13.7% of California's Asian Americans reside in Los Angeles ... Polled 1,608 Asian American Voters from LA County ... College degree 49%.
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Asian American Millennials: The Next Wave of Change Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein The PBI-CalState LA Poll Cal State LA Downtown Facility

June 29, 2016

Thank You to Our Partner: Advancing Justice - LA Stewart Kwoh Daniel Ichinose Joanna Lee

Thank you to Our PBI Asian American Poll Working Group • Charlie Woo, Founder and Chair of CAUSE • Dr. Jun Xing, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Cal State LA • Dr. Ping Yao, Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at Cal State LA • Dr. Scott Bowman, Dean of Natural and Social Sciences at Cal State LA • Dr. Gar Culbert, Professor of Political Science at Cal State LA • Susan Pinkus, PBI Polling Consultant • PBI and Cal State LA Staff • And the President and Provost of Cal State LA for supporting our polling

The Challenges of Polling Asian Americans* • Too few Asian Americans in many national surveys for valid analysis. • “Asian American” includes differing national origins.

• Language diversity may require translation of questionnaire. • Need larger overall samples, Asian American only polls, or oversampling. • *George Gao, Pew Research Center, May 11, 2016 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/05/11/the-challenges-of-pollingasian-americans/ • AND geographic concentration: California holds the largest share of Asian Americans, which complicates national polling of Asian Americans.

How Our Poll Addresses These Challenges • Geographic concentration: Los Angeles County’s Asian American Voters • Asian Americans only: 1608 overall, with sufficient samples of four major sub groups. • Survey offered in multiple languages. • Time consuming but allows detailed analysis • Tradeoffs: Not as timely as election polls, but deeper analysis is possible

LA County: Asian American Population Asian American Population in LA County (Thousands)

U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 1500

1400

1,346,865

1300 1200

1,137,500

1100 1000

925,561

900 800 700 600 500 1990

2000

2010

Year • 30.9% of Asian Americans in the United States live in California • 13.7% of California’s Asian Americans reside in Los Angeles County.

LA County Population by National Origin Nationality

Population

Chinese

350,119

Japanese

102,287

Korean

216,501

Filipino

322,110 U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

Methodology • Polled 1,608 Asian American Voters from LA County between October 22, 2015 and January 24, 2016 • Performed via live telephone interviews in five Asian languages (Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Tagalog) and English • Results were weighted by: • Region (LA City, San Gabriel Valley, and remainder of LA County) • Ethnicity (Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean) • Age (18-44 and 45+) • Nativity (foreign vs. native born)

Asian American Voters are Very Well Educated. Education by Ethnicity Chinese HS degree, GED or less 32% College degree 49% Graduate degree 19%

Filipino Japanese Korean 22% 18% 32% 63% 53% 51% 15% 30% 18%

All 27% 52% 21%

Education by Age

HS degree, GED or less College degree Graduate degree

18-29 29% 57% 14%

30-44 17% 52% 31%

45-64 24% 55% 21%

65+ 37% 48% 15%

Total 27% 52% 21%

Younger voters have high English proficiency English Language Proficiency by Age

Very well Well Not well Not at all

18-29 83% 12% 4% 1%

30-44 64% 23% 9% 4%

45-64 46% 33% 15% 5%

65+ 28% 21% 31% 20%

Total 53% 23% 16% 8%

…as do Japanese-Americans and Filipino-Americans English Language Proficiency by Ethnicity

Very well Well Not well Not at all

Chinese 40% 24% 24% 12%

Filipino Japanese Korean 61% 87% 35% 30% 11