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Over half the British Asians not enthusiastic to vote: poll

Over half the British Asians are likely to give a miss to the May 6 general election, however, people of Indian-origin are the most enthusiastic to exercise their rights among the community, a survey indicated.

Just 44 per cent of Asians said they are likely to vote as against 55 per cent of the general population, according to an ICM survey by the BBC Asian Network.

Among the Asian voters who said they will head to the polling booths, people of Indian-origin are the most enthusiastic (51 per cent), followed by Bangladeshis (39 per cent) and Pakistanis (38 per cent).

This time around, there are more Asian candidates standing for the main parties -- 80 compared to 68 in 2005. But according to the poll, only 15 per cent of Asian voters will vote for an Asian candidate, with four in ten believing that Britain will never have an Asian Prime Minister.

The survey found that 56 per cent of Asians believe the elected Prime Minister should be tougher on immigration. When asked which political leader they would invite into their home for a curry, most chose Gordon Brown (35 per cent), with David Cameron at 28 per cent and Nick Clegg with just 8 per cent. ICM interviewed 500 adults aged over 18 from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds over the Easter period.

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