EAJ Policy Papers, No 10 (Jan 28, 2019)
The state of political attitudes, views and voting preferences of American Russian-speaking immigrants during the span of about 20 years are both results of Euro-Asian heritage and (mostly) of the American experience. To understand this trends a special focus must be given to the current political polarization and radicalization of many left and some right political groups and how this political climate is reflected in voting behavior. The analysis presents four main reasons why the American Russian-speaking voting block prefers Republican candidates (both in presidential election and in recent midterm elections) over Democratic candidates in large margins (typically 75% to 25%). Among them are unquestionable support of Israel; dissatisfaction with neo-Marxist (as they see it) trend of the Democratic Party’s socio-economic platform; interest in liberal market reform; support of Republican Party candidates platform in the civic issues. It is also suggested that the picture of political and ideological preferences of Russian-speaking voters in the U.S. is similar to that in other countries, where these immigrants are resettled in significant numbers – Israel, Germany, Canada and, likely, Australia and some states of the FSU. In any case, this hypothesis is to be verified by other studies.
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