Opinions on interracial dating
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.The gap between black approval and white approval in recent years has been smaller than it was prior to 1997.Older Americans Least Likely to Approve of Marriages Between Blacks and Whites Approval of black-white marriage is higher among younger Americans, and lowest among those 65 and older.Since interracial dating (or "interdating") and interracial marriage were outlawed or ostracized for so long in U. history, many sociologists see the incidence of these relationships as a key indicator of the state of U. "Many people who are honestly accepting of equal treatment across a wide range of social interaction would finally draw the line when it came to [a romantic relationship] between the race groups," says Smith. "We are seeing declining levels of objection to interracial marriage," says Smith.Neither the Roper Report nor the General Social Survey specifically queried respondents on their attitudes or practices concerning interracial dating.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.
And he adds that whites are also more likely to be racially isolated than people of color—a notion sociologists lump under the term "propinquity," which describes the tendency for people to work better or bond with those geographically near them.
Younger Americans are much more likely to approve of interracial dating and to have dated someone from a different racial or ethnic background.
Gallup's annual Minority Rights and Relations poll delved into the topic of interracial dating to see whether Americans approve or disapprove of whites and blacks dating.
Today, 87 percent of Americans say they approve marriages between Black and White people.
However, the responses change dramatically when they are asked more directly about how they feel if one of their close relatives wants to marry outside their 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.