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Society USA9. October 2021

From 4% to 94%: a Big “Yes!” to Interracial Marriage

The United States is seeing the biggest approval ever of interracial marriages, from citizens of all generations and all regions of the country.

In 1958, only 4% of the population approved marriages between Black people and White people when global analytics firm Gallup first asked the question. Today, the approval rate reaches an all-time high of 94%!

Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage across the country in the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case, approval numbers have gone up steadily, reaching the majority level in 1997 when support went from 48% to 64%. Today, interracial marriage is approved among Whites by 93% and non-Whites, by 96%. If only 27% of American adults 50 and older approved of interracial marriages in 1991, that number reaches 91% today.


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