A new poll found that 3 in 4 Asian Americans in California worry about public safety.
The poll was conducted in April 2022 by Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) in partnership with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL). It is the fifth poll in the series.
Roughly 72 percent of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders polled said they were worried about being victims of a hate crime or physical violence. Around 57 percent said they were dissatisfied with crime and public safety in their area.
A majority of AAPIs polled also felt they were frequently discriminated against. Around 71 percent of AAPIs in California said AAPIs are “Frequently/Sometimes” discriminated against. The percentage has increased from 55 percent in 2020.
However, AAPIs are hopeful that they will one day be accepted. The poll found that 67 percent of AAPI respondents believe that people who share their background, values and culture will one day be accepted, the highest group of any that was polled.
“Asian and Pacific Islanders remain optimistic about being accepted in the future because they know they can be part of the changes that are happening today” Charlie Woo, Board Chair of CAUSE, said in a press release. “Through organizations like CAUSE, we are seeing an increased interest in civic engagement and community collaboration in APA communities.”
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