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BJP most popular party among Indian diaspora in US: Survey

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the most popular Indian political party ...

By Arul Louis

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the most popular Indian political party among the Indian diaspora in the US, a majority is critical of government policies despite showing overall strong support for the country, according to a study. Thirty-two per cent of Indian-Americans surveyed said they identified closely with the BJP and only 12 per cent with the Congress Party, the study reported. But 40 per cent of those in the survey said they did not feel close to any Indian political party. Overall, however, those closely identifying with a party other than the BJP are 28 per cent, if the supporters of the Congress and other smaller parties are added up, according to the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey (IAAS) published by the Carnegie Endowment for International

Peace in association with Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania. The survey of 1,200 Indian-Americans—a broad category in the study covering both US citizens as well as non-citizens—was conducted in September 2020 by YouGov and the analysis by a group of experts was published in June. According to the US Census Community Survey there are 4.2 million Indian-Americans, the study said. Of them, 2.6 million are US citizens, 1.2 million born in the US and 1.4 who took up citizenship after immigrating, and 42 per cent of them have Overseas Citizenship of India, the study said.

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