Chinatown shows support for Obama, Democrats at polls

By Ling-Mei Wong

Chinatown voters strongly backed President Barack Obama at the polls, along with supporting Democratic positions on state ballot initiatives. Located in Ward 3, Precinct 3, Chinatown is nearly 70 percent Asian, according to 2010 census results. Asians represent 9 percent of all Bostonians citywide.

In Ward 3, Precinct 3, Obama received 74.24 percent or 1,793 votes, compared to Gov. Mitt Romney’s 23.52 percent or 568 votes. At least 47 percent of Asian Americans felt Obama truly cared about Asian Americans, according to polls by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development before the election. Only 14 percent felt that Romney truly cared about Asian Americans.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren won the senate race handily in Precinct 3, carrying 68.46 percent of the votes compared to Scott Brown’s 32.5 percent.

The three ballot initiatives also had a Democratic bent in Chinatown. Question 1 on allowing drivers to independently choose auto repair shops had a resounding “Yes” in the community, with 88.24 percent of voters. Question 2 on physician-assisted suicide was supported by 66.44 percent of voters in the precinct. Finally, question 3 on legalizing medical marijuana was approved by 75.07 percent of voters.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England

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