Buzzfeed surveys support for Trump among Blacks, Latinos, Whites, Women and Men. What about Asian Americans?
You could almost see all the eyebrows being raised across the internet when Buzzfeed released a survey studying support for Donald Trump across various racial lines. But one group wasn’t represented — Asian Americans.
In case you missed it, here are the opening paragraphs of the the Buzzfeed story:
Race and ethnicity have been a constant backdrop to the 2016 presidential election, thanks to Donald Trump’s provocative comments on immigrants, black communities, and an American-born judge he called “Mexican.”
Yet in all the slicing and dicing of voting intentions by key demographic groups, the “white vote” has largely been considered as a single ethnic block — until now.
A new poll run for BuzzFeed News, which delves into white voters’ self-reported ancestry, reveals surprising diversity in their political outlook. White voters who identify most strongly with their German or Italian heritage strongly support Trump, whereas those who self-identify as Irish, English, or Scottish are more evenly split between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The story goes on to examine support for Trump among Blacks, Latinos, Whites, women and men — but there’s no discussion about Asian Americans.
Here’s why, says Peter Aldhous, the Buzzfeed News Reporter who wrote the article:
“The focus of our story was the influence of European ancestry on voting intentions within the “white vote,” but to provide context we included an initial table showing the split by gender, and between respondents who identified as black, Latino, and white – to allow readers who were aware of previous polling to compare the broad sweep of our results with prior findings,” Aldhous said in a statement emailed to AllDigitocracy.
“Asian Americans were represented in the poll, and their self-identified race was recorded. However, there were just 200 Asian Americans in the sample of more than 5,000 registered voters, which meant that the margin of error was large.
“Unfortunately these numbers have been missing from many other polls, also, for similar reasons – Mona Chalabi wrote about this issue recently for the Guardian.
“We also excluded less common European ancestries (Scottish was one we cut) from the subsequent tables in the piece. For these tables, which were the main focus of the piece, we gave some information about sample sizes for the various groups, and their consequences.
“Your query is certainly something we will bear in mind when considering how to present polling data in future.”