Predicting the Filipino vote in the Bay Area
The Pew Research Center says Asian Pacific Islander Americans are now the fastest-growing ethnic and immigrant group in the United States. Asian Americans as a whole also tend to be the most educated and prosperous. Almost half have college degrees. The US Census Bureau estimates that 450,000 of the country’s more than three million Filipinos live in the greater Bay Area.
Politically, Filipinos tend to vote conservatively. We heard some evidence of that recently when KALW’s Artjoms Konohovs went to watch the first Presidential debate with a group of local Republicans. Filipina businesswoman Nimfa Gamez said she’s a Romney supporter.
NIMFA GAMEZ: President Obama seems vague in his ideas. He keeps saying Romney doesn't give details, but actually he was talking in details.
KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Henni Espinosa, senior reporter for “Balitang America” on the Filipino Channel, about the Filipino vote.
Every Tuesday until election day, KALW and New America Media will be talking to journalists from the ethnic media to tell us how their audiences are voting this year.
If you identify with one of the Bay Area’s many ethnic communities, we want to hear from you. What’s most important to you this election season? Leave a message at 415-264-7106.