Approval has generally increased in a linear fashion from Gallup's first measure in 1958, reaching the majority threshold in 1997, and crossing the three-quarters line in 2004.Eleven percent of Americans today say they disapprove of black-white marriage, compared with 94% who disapproved in 1958.Results from our recent research show that more than half (54 percent) of Blacks are in favor of their close relative marrying a White person. Census data most exogamous (outside the social group) marriages between these two racial groups occur between Black men and White women than between White men and Black women.The result is lower for Whites, among whom only one-in-four (26 percent) said they were in favor of their close relative marrying a Black person. Supreme Court ruled in the 1960s that laws banning interracial sexual relations violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. Constitution, it was only in the last decade that anti-racial marriage laws were definitively struck down in all states, with Alabama being the last state to do so in 2000. This represents less than 1 percent of all marriages in the country. In our research, we went beyond general opinion questions and used recent General Social Survey data sets that included questions on how black and white Americans actually feel about their close relative marrying outside their own race.In 2000, 24 percent of Blacks and 11 percent of Whites said they strongly favor their close relative marrying someone of the opposite race.In 2012, the gap remains at 42 percent for Blacks and 13 percent for Whites.
Men and those who attended racially or ethnically integrated schools were significantly more likely to interdate.
GALLUP NEWS SERVICE PRINCETON, NJ -- Most Americans say they approve of interracial dating.
Even though a majority of whites approve, they are somewhat less likely to approve of interracial dating than are blacks or Hispanics.
Such findings show that interracial relations are still unfavorable in the United States. Nonetheless, the number of Black-White marriages remains relatively low, at 558,000 according to the 2010 U. So what factors explain these patterns of Black-White marriages in the U. Both racial specific conditions and individual characteristics are at play.
First, in terms of race, Whites are still less likely to support interracial marriage as compared to Blacks.