Surveys on interracial dating
At the same time, the share saying they would oppose a close relative marrying someone of a different race has fallen dramatically.A new Pew Research Center survey finds that roughly four-in-ten adults (39%) now say that more people of different races marrying each other is good for society – up significantly from 24% in 2010.Among whites, Democrats are still much more likely than Republicans to say more interracial marriages are a good thing for society.Just as views about the impact of interracial marriage on society have evolved, Americans’ attitudes about what is acceptable within their own family have changed.
Older adults are especially likely to oppose having a family member marry someone of a different race or ethnicity.
In turn, rural Americans are more likely than those in urban or suburban areas to say interracial marriage doesn’t make much difference for society (63% vs. The view that the rise in the number of interracial marriages is good for society is particularly prevalent among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents; 49% in this group say this, compared with 28% of Republicans and those who lean Republican.
The majority of Republicans (60%) say it doesn’t make much of a difference, while 12% say this trend is bad for society.
Among Democrats, 45% say it doesn’t make much difference while 6% say it’s bad thing.
This difference persists when controlling for race.