Changes in American Attitudes toward Intermarriages With Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Whites




Prost, Jonbita
Yang, Philip Q.

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This is the first comparative study of changes in the American public’s attitudes toward intermarriages with blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and whites. We tested our hypotheses using nationally representative samples from GSS 2000-2016. Our trend analyses reveal that, since 2000, approximately 70 percent or more of Americans have either strongly favored or favored, or held a neutral stand on, intermarriages with blacks, Asians, and Hispanics, but strong favor toward intermarriage with whites has declined. Our regression analyses show that, either including or excluding control variables, American attitudes have become generally more supportive of intermarriages with blacks, Asians, and Hispanics but less favorable toward intermarriage with whites in the twenty-first century, especially since 2008 and in the case of intermarriage with Hispanics since 2010. The results suggest that as American society becomes more diverse and educated, intermarriages, especially with racial or ethnic minorities, have gained wide acceptance, most likely reaching the point of no return.


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