The gap between Millennials and other age groups is evident for all of the individual groups asked about, though the size of the gap does vary as Americans ages 50 to 64 and 65 and older are less likely to accept marriages to members of some groups (in particular, African Americans) than others (in particular, white Americans).
Other demographic characteristics also are correlated with attitudes towards interracial marriage.
Millennials are no exception to this trend: Large majorities of 18-to-29 year olds express support for interracial marriage within their families, and the level of acceptance in this generation is greater than in other generations.
The Pew Research Center’s recent report on racial attitudes in the U.
S., finds that an overwhelming majority of Millennials, regardless of race, say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to someone of a different racial or ethnic group.
The opinions of Baby Boomers (those born between 19) became more accepting of black-white dating in the early 1990s and have steadily become more so; in recent years, Boomers have become almost as accepting of interracial dating as Gen Xers.There are no statistically significant differences between older and younger blacks in reports of cross-racial friendships.For more on the American public’s attitudes about race, including more detailed analysis of attitudes towards interracial marriage, see A Year After Obama’s Election Blacks Upbeat about Black Progress, Prospects.To date outside of your race is no longer the controversial decision it once was.This doesn’t mean you won’t encounter a few obstacles along the way. If you’re a subscriber to the theory that opposites attract, be aware that the more significant the differences, the greater the room for potential conflict.Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.