March 27, 2012

More than Four-in-Ten Americans Approve of Increase in Intermarriage

43%

More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) view the increase in intermarriage as a societal change for the better, while about one-in-ten (11%) hold the opposite view. The rest of the public says it doesn’t make a difference.

Marriage across racial and ethnic lines continues to be on the rise in the United States. The share of new marriages between spouses of a different race or ethnicity increased to 15.1% in 2010, and the share of all current marriages that are either interracial or interethnic has reached an all-time high of 8.4%.

More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) view this increase in intermarriage as a societal change for the better, while about one-in-ten (11%) hold the opposite view. The rest of the public says it doesn’t make a difference.

Young adults, higher educated people, liberals and those living in the Northeast or Western states are most likely to hold positive views of intermarriage. Read More