U s attitudes toward interracial dating are liberalizing
Only about 17% of young married people were not White in 1980, compared to 35% today.So what would America’s intermarriage rate look like if the country had not become more diverse?If you grow up in a town with only one non-White family, the intermarriage rate doesn’t really reflect your beliefs.
For example, in 1980, 17% of the young married population was not White.In 1980, less than 4% of all married Black people under the age of 35 were not married to other black people. But Black people only made up between six to seven percent of the total under 35 married population during this period.So while this is a substantial increase, it accounts for less than 1% of the overall increase in interracial marriages.The were between Blacks and Whites, nearly twenty times higher than in 1950.And more than 15% were “intermarriages” – marriages between people who don’t identify as the same racial or ethnic group, up from 6.7% in 1980.
Americans on whether they believed it was acceptable for Blacks and Whites to date each other.