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ALANA Online Voter Poll Results, 2015. Policy Leaders Not Addressing Their Top Priorities

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19 community partners supported an online voter poll encouraging voters in the November 3, 2015 elections to participate in a short 2 minute survey offered via Survey Gizmo. ALANA Voter Poll 2015 Results SummaryPresentation5

202 ALANA (African Latino Asian and Native American voters from 35 cities all across Minnesota (and from all 8 congressional districts and 31 legislative districts) participated in the poll. 168 participants completed the survey and 34 partially completed the survey. 56 percent were female voters. Most of the voters completed the survey on November 3, 2015. The poll was kept open till Sunday November 8, 2015 to allow a greater participation. The online poll was based on a similar poll done in the November 2014 elections.

Key summary results from the ALANA Voter poll, 2015 are:

  1. 17 percent voted early with most of those voting early voted in person rather than via absentee ballots.
  2. This was a very engaged group of voters
  3. Of the 101 voters who responded to the question, 26 percent volunteered in a political campaign; 9 percent hosted a political fundraiser; 37 percent attended a political fundraiser; 20 percent were delegates to a political party. 65 percent were conducted by a political party or candidate.
  4. When asked to choose their top priority the following were their responses: Jobs (24 percent); closing the achievement gap (21 percent); health care (9 percent); business development (8.6 percent) and housing (8.6 percent).
  5. Between 65 percent and 97 percent of the respondents felt that leaders at the city, county and state level did not adequately address their top policy priority in 2015. Among city, county and state leaders, the Governor received the largest positive response to this question (35.2 percent).
  6. According to respondents only 3 percent felt Republican presidential candidates adequately addressed their top policy priority. Only 33 percent felt that Democratic presidential candidates adequately addressed their top policy priority.
  7. Ranked choice voting is not very popular with this group of voters.

The ALANA Voter poll also provided a very unique insight into Get Out the Vote campaigns (GOTV). One of the partners, Hmong American Partnership, reported being involved in a GOTV campaign. Respondents, who Hmong American Partnership as the source for the online poll, came primarily from Saint Paul and in particular from Wards 5 and 6. Since there are large pockets of deep poverty in these two wards, the voting patterns, insights and actions of these voters are very relevant.

  • 95 percent voted in person
  • Jobs, closing the achievement gap, housing, business development and youth issues were most on the mind of these voters.
  • More than 60 percent stated that city, county and state leaders did not adequately address their top policy priority in 2015. 89 percent said state agencies did not adequately address their top policy priority in 2015. Among policy leaders, the Governor received the largest positive response in reference to addressing their top policy issue (40 percent).
  • Only 32 percent stated that Democratic presidential candidates adequately addressed their top policy priority in 2015. Only 1.6 percent said Republican presidential candidates addressed their top policy priority in 2015.

The ALANA online voter poll was conducted to address the serious lack of information on the ALANA voter in Minnesota. While this poll may have participation and selection bias because of the way it was conducted, it is the best available data in the public domain on the ALANA voter. The key objective of the poll was to help provide some data on the political intent and participation of the ALANA voter and in doing so raise the larger question – How well are the economic interests of the more than $20 billion ALANA economic interests represented in Minnesota and what are policy leaders and institutions doing to grow these economic assets in the light of recent news documenting the marked decline in these assets.

More detailed analysis will follow.

This survey builds upon the ALANA Online Voter Poll, 2014 which had over 300 respondents from 66 cities.
The poll was conducted in partnership with individuals and community organizations listed below and with the input from the following:


African Economic Development Solutions/Little Africa – Gene Gelgelu

African Immigrant Services – Abdullah Kiatamba

Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) – Bo Thao

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans – Sia Her and Tenzin Dolkar

Hindu Community Center – Dr. Shashikant Sane

Hmong American Partnership – Bao Vang and Kazoua Kong Thao

India Association of Minnesota – Babu Chimata

ISUROON – Fartun Weli

Lao Assistance Center – Sunny Chanthanouvong

Latino Economic Development Center – Ramon Leon

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce – Lea Hargett, Michael Fondungallah

Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs – Hector Garcia and Gladys Rodriguez

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance – Pamela Standing

Oromo Chamber of Commerce – Teshite Wako

Roy Wilkins Center, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota – Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr.


Community Leaders for input and support: Rick Aguilar, Brett Buckner, Emma Corrie, Readus Fletcher, David Glass, Matt Hanson, Ezell Jones, Rev. Isaac Mitchell, Al Paulson, Joo Hee Pomplun, Roy Taylor and George Thawmoo.


Media Partners: Chai.News, Insight News, La Prensa de Minnesota,

Mshale, McFarlane Media Interests.

Here is the link to the 2014 ALANA Online Voter Poll that was done last NovemberALANA Exit Poll, 2014