Columbia study on racial preferences in dating
Will the more tolerant attitudes people express toward intermarriage be matched by actual intermarriage rates?There are many reasons to expect continued increases in intermarriage in coming decades.One prime reason is that the population is becoming increasingly diverse—culturally, ethnically, and racially.
Interracial marriage was even illegal in at least 15 U. As the education and income gaps between racial and ethnic groups shrank, so did the social distance between them.
Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriages were unconstitutional in 1967, a reported 72 percent of southern white Americans and 42 percent of northern whites said they supported an outright ban on interracial relationships.
Older Americans are not as tolerant: About 55 percent of those ages 50 to 64 and just 38 percent of those 65 or older said they would not mind if a family member married someone of another race.
Most people appear willing to date outside their race, but they still state preferences.
While he said white people were the most likely to consider relationships with people from other ethnic backgrounds, he said the biggest 'reversals' in preference, are observed among groups that display the greatest tendency towards in-group bias.