Americans' views on interracial marriage have undergone a major transformation in the past five decades. More Americans disapproved than approved until , and approval did not exceed the majority level until The latest results are based on an Aug. Approval of black-white marriages is at a record high among blacks and whites. Blacks have always been more approving than whites of interracial marriage, going back to when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates on each group's opinions. However, the gap in approval ratings has narrowed considerably, averaging 13 percentage points since but 32 points from
Nearly 20 Percent of Americans Think Interracial Marriage is 'Morally Wrong,' Poll Finds
Most Americans Approve of Interracial Dating
The poll surveyed 4, Americans, including 1, non-Hispanic blacks. Approval of marriages between blacks and whites is up one percentage point from , when this attitude was last measured. Approval has generally increased in a linear fashion from Gallup's first measure in , reaching the majority threshold in , and crossing the three-quarters line in Blacks' approval has consistently been higher than whites' over the decades, although attitudes among both racial groups have generally moved in a parallel manner since -- when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates of each group's opinion. The gap between black approval and white approval in recent years has been smaller than it was prior to Approval of black-white marriage is higher among younger Americans, and lowest among those 65 and older.
In U.S., 87% Approve of Black-White Marriage, vs. 4% in 1958
Even though a majority of whites approve, they are somewhat less likely to approve of interracial dating than are blacks or Hispanics. Interracial and interethnic dating is not uncommon in the United States, according to self-reports in the survey. Slightly less than half of Americans say they have dated someone from a different racial or ethnic background, with Hispanics more likely than whites or blacks to say this. Younger Americans are much more likely to approve of interracial dating and to have dated someone from a different racial or ethnic background.
Fifty years ago this month, the U. Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that a Virginia ban on marriage between whites and blacks was unconstitutional, thus striking down such laws everywhere they existed in the country.