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.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.
So while this is a substantial increase, it accounts for less than 1% of the overall increase in interracial marriages.
The were between Blacks and Whites, nearly twenty times higher than in 1950.
And more than 15% were “intermarriages” – marriages between people who don’t identify as the same racial or ethnic group, up from 6.7% in 1980.
If White people were marrying without regard for race, we’d expect 17% of them to intermarry.
In actuality, though, only 2.7% of White people intermarried.