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Kamala Harris has had a galvanizing effect on Indian-American voters — but she’s not the only reason they support the Democratic ticket.

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CHICAGO — A large majority of Indian-Americans plan to cast ballots for the Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris, according to a survey released Wednesday, despite elaborate overtures by the Trump White House to win their support.

The survey, by the polling firm YouGov, found that 72 percent of Indian-American voters planned to vote for Mr. Biden, with just 22 percent planning to go for President Trump.

While Indian-Americans hold a wide variety of political views, the presence on the Democratic ticket of Ms. Harris, whose mother immigrated from Chennai, India, has had a galvanizing effect on a voting bloc that could help Mr. Biden in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan.

Their potential impact on the presidential election highlights the growing importance of Indian-Americans in U.S. politics: As the second-largest immigrant group in the country, Indian-Americans are gaining influence, making political donations, vocally supporting candidates and causes and, most notably, running for office, from the school board to Congress.

“We have arrived,” said Ramesh Kapur, a Democratic Party fund-raiser.

Mr. Kapur, 72, who owns a gas processing and distributing company in Medford, Mass., and supported Ms. Harris’s 2016 Senate race and her run for the 2020 presidential nomination, said that Indian-Americans donated $3.3 million to the Biden Victory Fund at a single fund-raising event in September.

But Ms. Harris isn’t the only reason many Indian-Americans support the Democratic ticket this year, Mr. Kapur said. They are also turned off by the president’s frequent attacks on immigrants and people of color, despite standing to gain from Mr. Trump’s economic policies.

“Even though they are supposedly saving taxes, to the Indian-American community, when you get the president of the United States saying to an elected official, ‘Go home,’ that scares the hell out of us,” he said, referring to Mr. Trump’s tweet in July 2019 about a group of four minority congresswomen.

While the approximately two million Indian-American voters make up less than 1 percent of the electorate, they are voters whom both parties seek to attract. The larger Indian-American population is twice as rich as the rest of the country as a whole, and two times as likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

And at the rate the community is growing — doubling in size every decade since the 1980s — they represent an increasingly formidable force in U.S. politics.

The apparently wide support among Indian-Americans for Mr. Biden comes despite high-profile efforts by Mr. Trump and the Republicans to win their votes.

A year ago, Mr. Trump drew 50,000 people to a rally in Houston with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, an event that organizers called “Howdy, Modi.” The prime minister, a right-wing populist whose bellicose views on two of India’s rivals, Pakistan and China, helped win his party a landslide re-election in 2019, and who has generally received support from the Indian diaspora, lauded Mr. Trump’s name as “familiar to every person on the planet.” He returned the favor in February with an even larger spectacle for Mr. Trump in India.

The rallies did win Mr. Trump some support, said M.R. Rangaswami, the founder of Indiaspora, a nonpartisan group that promotes the interests of Indians in the United States.

“Trump has invested in India, has invested in Indian-Americans with the ‘Howdy, Modi’ visit and with going to India, and it has shown results,” Mr. Rangaswami said. “The question is: Will it outweigh the Kamala factor?”

Indeed, the survey reported that 45 percent of respondents said that Ms. Harris’s nomination had made them more likely to vote, and 49 percent said they were more enthusiastic about supporting Mr. Biden. It also showed that respondents cared more about health care, the economy and the environment than U.S.-India relations.

YouGov conducted the survey as part of a research project by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Trump has also lost some favor in India, where the news media criticized him for casting doubt on the integrity of Indian government coronavirus statistics during the presidential debate last month.

Mr. Rangaswami, who attended the Houston rally and is registered as an independent, said the audience appeared to consist largely of older Indian-Americans, who he said leaned conservative and most likely voted for Mr. Trump in 2016.

That Indian-American voters lean liberal over all is partly because a younger generation, born in the United States, is far less convinced by the conservative cultural mores brought by their parents and grandparents from India, Mr. Rangaswami said.

“There’s definitely that schism in the Indian-American community,” said Raj Bhutoria, 20, a junior at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., who has dreamed of running for office since working as a volunteer on the successful 2016 campaign of Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California and an Indian-American.

Mr. Khanna’s victory and Ms. Harris’s nomination show that “now being Indian is no longer a barrier to run for office or get elected,” Mr. Bhutoria said.

Despite wishing that the Democratic nominees were more progressive on some issues, Mr. Bhutoria said he was supporting them — though with perhaps less gusto than his parents, Ajay and Vinita Bhutoria, Bay Area tech entrepreneurs in their 40s who, as avowed liberals, are somewhat of an exception for their generation. They have starred in three ads supporting the Biden-Harris campaign, set to Bollywood music and featuring slogans in a variety of Indian languages.

Mr. Bhutoria cited Mr. Trump’s trade disputes with India, pressure on countries not to trade with Iran — an important source of cheap oil for India — and the suspension of H-1B visas for high-skilled workers, a large number of which go to Indians.

“The ‘Howdy, Modi’ event was wonderful to look at, but they were only beautiful picture moments,” he said. “Trump has not done much for India or Indians-Americans.”

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Guyanese should be voting for Trump. The Trump Administration was instrumental in securing a win for the PPP. The Democrats got rid of the PPP in 1964 and 2015. Imagine the paradise that Guyana would have been transformed into if the PPP was allowed to rule in 1964 and 2015.

@Ramakant-P posted:

Guyanese should be voting for Trump. The Trump Administration was instrumental in securing a win for the PPP. The Democrats got rid of the PPP in 1964 and 2015. Imagine the paradise that Guyana would have been transformed into if the PPP was allowed to rule in 1964 and 2015.

The Democrats were in power from 1992 to 2000 and then again from 2008 to 2016. Over these periods there were also PPP governments. Any thoughts on why the Democrats waited until 2015 to get rid of the PPP government?

@Ramakant-P posted:

Guyanese should be voting for Trump. The Trump Administration was instrumental in securing a win for the PPP. The Democrats got rid of the PPP in 1964 and 2015. Imagine the paradise that Guyana would have been transformed into if the PPP was allowed to rule in 1964 and 2015.

I think you are mixing up Guyana and US politics, don't get confused.

Trump is the leader for the White Terrorists , he will encourage civil disturbance when he loses.

@kp posted:

I think you are mixing up Guyana and US politics, don't get confused.

Trump is the leader for the White Terrorists , he will encourage civil disturbance when he loses.

Fire fire bun me han fire fire bun me han...Kp say Kakakant chupid an confused.

@kp posted:

Simple man stick with your chupidness.

Kakakant is a Trump man...e say Trump is Irfaan papa.  You is a Irfaan man so Trump is you papa tu.  No?  Sarah de ambassador is alyou muma. Wokin for the yankee dolla!

@Totaram posted:

Kakakant is a Trump man...e say Trump is Irfaan papa.  You is a Irfaan man so Trump is you papa tu.  No?  Sarah de ambassador is alyou muma. Wokin for the yankee dolla!

Like you a wan rhyming poet...papa, muma, dolla

I voted for Trump with an absentee ballot already. Biden is not good don't let his gentleness fool you Hindus. I think Pamela Harris cares for black people and not indians. Black don't like us but they will not say it because we will have the courage to fight them. You have to understand that the media is manipulating Trump's integrity making him look like a fool. Trump speaks to the heart and regards our judgment and Biden does not.  www.ronaldarjune.com

@Locutus posted:

The Democrats were in power from 1992 to 2000 and then again from 2008 to 2016. Over these periods there were also PPP governments. Any thoughts on why the Democrats waited until 2015 to get rid of the PPP government?

This is a good observation. Lets not blame all Democrats for Obama's shortsightedness in 2015.

@VishMahabir posted:

Guyanese Indians should support Trump...he help dem PPP boys get into office.

Indians from India should support Trump also, he is Modi's friend.

Indian-Americans strongly support Biden and Kamala.

I voted for Trump with an absentee ballot already. Biden is not good don't let his gentleness fool you Hindus. I think Pamela Harris cares for black people and not indians. Black don't like us but they will not say it because we will have the courage to fight them. You have to understand that the media is manipulating Trump's integrity making him look like a fool. Trump speaks to the heart and regards our judgment and Biden does not.  www.ronaldarjune.com

Ron, you voted for a guy who cares not for anyone darker than his complexion (orange) he cares only for himself and dumbass rednecks, you wasted your vote because Biden is going to kick his ass.

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@cain posted:

Ron, you voted for a guy who cares not for anyone darker than his complexion (orange) he cares only for himself and dumbass rednecks, you wasted your vote because Biden is going to kick his ass.

I believe Hillary felt the same way about kicking ass...see wha happen?

@Athena posted:

Indian-Americans strongly support Biden and Kamala.

Most of these polls are not accurate...Trump-Clinton is a good example. Hillary was popping out the champagne cork before the election.

Biden is now caught up in a scandal involving his son...and Biden cannot remember where he is most of the times. Its a Harris-Biden ticket and Harris is far to the left.

@VishMahabir posted:

Most of these polls are not accurate...Trump-Clinton is a good example. Hillary was popping out the champagne cork before the election.

Biden is now caught up in a scandal involving his son...and Biden cannot remember where he is most of the times. Its a Harris-Biden ticket and Harris is far to the left.

Sheer nonsense! The BS about Biden and his son already proven false even by Republicans. Four years ago people just wanted a change (as in Guyana..see the outcome?) They voted for Trump to shake up the establishment except he showed the world that he failed as a President, failed as a human being..so Biden kicks his ass.

If Trump knows he will win, why, just before election he pushed the nomination of that pretty judge with an ugly mind?

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@Ilum posted:

This is a good observation. Lets not blame all Democrats for Obama's shortsightedness in 2015.

@VishMahabir posted:

Most of these polls are not accurate...Trump-Clinton is a good example. Hillary was popping out the champagne cork before the election.

Biden is now caught up in a scandal involving his son...and Biden cannot remember where he is most of the times. Its a Harris-Biden ticket and Harris is far to the left.

The polls are definitely fake in favour of the party that hired pollsters to make them look good.

@VishMahabir posted:

I believe Hillary felt the same way about kicking ass...see wha happen?

We just have to believe that our race is superior and it's okay to be a racist. Especially when they don't give a s*** about us. They have already kicked our ass for a lifetime and acted like nothing's going on especially related to the Guyana election situation. This is an example of kicking their ass with non-violence. Because of them I've been living a life as a dunce and that's what they like. They are using time, intelligence and Truth against us and you won't believe me because this is a paranoid perception. I'm glad to serve Christ as a schizophrenic because it was necessary because of his death.

@Totaram posted:

Kakakant is a Trump man...e say Trump is Irfaan papa.  You is a Irfaan man so Trump is you papa tu.  No?  Sarah de ambassador is alyou muma. Wokin for the yankee dolla!

You are so confused and stupid.

@Ramakant-P posted:

You are so confused and stupid.

I have to admit that we are confused and appear to be stupid because the source of deception is unidentified. There has to be a direct application of force on intelligence and I cannot fathom how this can be done. They harm us physically but we cannot harm them legally especially those devilish supreme Court justices cornering Amy Barrett. Literally kicking their asses might be a solution since logic does not seem to be applicable but you would be violating the sentient nature of man. A primary objective would be to support our race Indians because the white man is labeling us as brown-a degradation.

@Totaram posted:

Kakakant is a Trump man...e say Trump is Irfaan papa.  You is a Irfaan man so Trump is you papa tu.  No?  Sarah de ambassador is alyou muma. Wokin for the yankee dolla!

Nah Bhai, Jenny is me Muma. Yuh suh blasted ughy even yuh muma and papa disown you skont. I see you have become a cross dresser, spyderman. I heard animal rescue took away stormy and you were charged for abuse of animal.

Django, this site gone to DOGS, when you will respond with ROLLING Laugh on a posting by Totaram referring to poster Muma and Papa[ Mother and Father}

Have you given up on this site?

Well, it will be OPEN season, I will deal with the Jackasses in KIND.

@kp posted:

Django, this site gone to DOGS, when you will respond with ROLLING Laugh on a posting by Totaram referring to poster Muma and Papa[ Mother and Father}

Have you given up on this site?

Well, it will be OPEN season, I will deal with the Jackasses in KIND.

Django aught to be neutral.

@kp posted:

Django, this site gone to DOGS, when you will respond with ROLLING Laugh on a posting by Totaram referring to poster Muma and Papa[ Mother and Father}

Have you given up on this site?

Well, it will be OPEN season, I will deal with the Jackasses in KIND.

Are you for real ,when was that ? the reference to the highlighted.

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@kp posted:

Nah Bhai, Jenny is me Muma. Yuh suh blasted ughy even yuh muma and papa disown you skont. I see you have become a cross dresser, spyderman. I heard animal rescue took away stormy and you were charged for abuse of animal.

woking fo the yankee dolla...oh de big big bamboo bamboo o lalalalalala wokin for de yankee dolla.   

@Totaram posted:

woking fo the yankee dolla...oh de big big bamboo bamboo o lalalalalala wokin for de yankee dolla.   

Yuh gone Ko Ko, chupidee man, I see you drinking alone, seek professional help before it's too late.