Interracial dating research and facts
Acceptance of interracial dating is greatest among the young.
In surveys conducted in 20, fully 91% of Gen Y respondents born after 1976 said that interracial dating is acceptable, compared with 50% of the oldest generation (those reaching adulthood during WWII) who expressed this view. 6, 2005 among a randomly-selected, nationally-representative sample of 3,014 adults, there are also differences by race in family experiences with interracial marriage.
Also, blacks (91%) and Hispanics (90%) are more accepting of interracial dating than are non-Hispanic whites (71%). Blacks (37%) are twice as likely as whites (17%) to have an immediate family member in an interracial marriage, while Hispanics (27%) fall in the middle of those two groups.
That degree of familiarity with — and proximity to — interracial marriage is the latest milestone in what has been a sweeping change in behaviors and attitudes concerning interracial relationships over the past several decades. Since then interracial marriage in this country has evolved from nearly non-existent to merely atypical.
In 1970, fewer than one percent of all married couples were made up of spouses of a different race; by 2000 that figure had grown to just over 5%, according to an analysis of U. Census Bureau data by the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research organization.
At the same time, attitudes toward interracial relationships have also grown more tolerant.In 2003, more than three-quarters of all adults (77%) said it is “all right for blacks and whites to date each other,” up from 48% who felt this way in 1987, according to Pew Research Center surveys.Up to 8.4 percent of new marriages were interracial, the study found. Additionally, it was discovered that black women marry outside their race less often than black men.Only 9 percent of black women date or marry white men, while 24 percent of black males end up with white women.
The study, released in the middle of December, found a rise in interracial relationships especially with Asians, Hispanics, and Native Indians/Alaskan Natives.
But whites and blacks are also marrying other races more today than in the past. For instance, Asian women were far more apt to marry white or black men than Asian men were to find a relationship outside their race.