U s attitudes toward interracial dating are liberalizing

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Thus, White people were roughly six times more likely than random to marry another White person.By 2014, however, Whites were only four times more likely than random to marry another White person.Americans on whether they believed it was acceptable for Blacks and Whites to date each other.At that time, less than 50% of Americans thought interracial dating was acceptable. Our examination of the data suggests that the increasing rate of intermarriage may be driven by demographic changes more than changing attitudes.This is because Whites make up the majority of married people – though their share is decreasing.White people made up 83% of the married population in 1980 and 65% in 2014, meaning that the nearly 5% increase in the intermarriage rates of Whites accounts for a little over 4% of the overall increase in intermarriages.

The nearly 20% increase of populations that were already intermarrying at higher rates explains a large portion of the rise in intermarriage.Our “no-demographic change” estimate suggests that intermarriage would have only risen to 6.7% if demographics had not changed – a 1.9% increase, dramatically smaller than the 8.6% increase actually observed.For example, in 1980, 17% of the young married population was not White.More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.Yet the rates of intermarriage among different racial/ethnic groups show very different trends.

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