FAQ

What is SIAA?

The Survey of Indian-American Attitudes (SIAA) is a questionnaire led by the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and the Carnegie Endowment for International peace. The goals of SIAPA are:

  1. To quantify and democratize data associated with Indian-American voting behavior. 
  2. To understand how domestic political preferences vary between generations of Indian-Americans.
  3. To measure intergenerational views on US-India relations.

Given that 2020 is an election year, it is  imperative that we amplify the views and values of Indian-Americans across the country.

Why is SIAA important?

To the best of our understanding, SIAA is the first endeavor to quantify Indian-American intergenerational political attitudes. By taking this survey, you will contribute to research that is crucial to understanding Indian-American opinions on policy reform, our role in the two-party system, and how our values align with the leading political figures’ platforms.

Who is eligible to take the survey?

There are three eligibility criteria for this survey:

  1. Respondent must be of Indian-American descent. This includes first-generation Indian immigrants living in the USA, and individuals with at least one parent or grandparent who is an Indian immigrant.
  2. Respondent must be at least 18 years old as of the date of the survey.
  3. To be considered a complete response, both a parent and their child must finish the survey.

Why should I be interested?

Indian-Americans represent a unique, rapidly growing segment of the US electorate. As of 2017, Indian immigrants were the second most populous foreign-born group in the United States, only behind Mexican-American residents. In 21 US states, India is the most common country of birth among foreign-born residents. 

If a parent-child pair completes the survey, they will be entered in a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card.

How long is the survey?

The estimated completion time for SIAA is 15-20 minutes.

What will I be asked?

You will be asked questions about your views on politics in the United States, and your views on US-India relations.

How will the data be used?

All data will be anonymized and shared on an open source platform to ensure transparency. We hope that SIAA data will guide academics, local and state officials, and political organizers in how they engage with the Indian-American population.