The gap between black approval and white approval in recent years has been smaller than it was prior to 1997.Older Americans Least Likely to Approve of Marriages Between Blacks and Whites Approval of black-white marriage is higher among younger Americans, and lowest among those 65 and older.The poll surveyed 4,373 Americans, including 1,010 non-Hispanic blacks.Approval of marriages between blacks and whites is up one percentage point from 2011, when this attitude was last measured.He insisted that he wasn’t racist but speaking from the heart, because in his childhood, race relations were more tense and “mixing” was less acceptable.
There are substantial differences by age in approval of interracial dating.
Blacks' approval of black-white marriage (96%) is now nearly universal, while whites' approval is 12 percentage points lower, at 84%.
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 1968 -- when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates of each group's opinion.
Approval has generally increased in a linear fashion from Gallup's first measure in 1958, reaching the majority threshold in 1997, and crossing the three-quarters line in 2004.
Eleven percent of Americans today say they disapprove of black-white marriage, compared with 94% who disapproved in 1958.