February 21, 2012

Public Acceptance of Intermarriage Grows

43%

More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) view the increase in intermarriage as a change for the better in our society.

More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) view the increase in intermarriage as a change for the better in our society while about one-in-ten (11%) view it as a change for the worse, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The rest of the public says it doesn’t make a difference.

In 1986, intermarriage was a very divisive issue for the public. Nearly three-in-ten Americans (28%) said that intermarriage was not acceptable for anyone, and an additional 37% said that it might be acceptable for others but is not for them. Only one-third of the public (33%) viewed intermarriage as acceptable for everyone.

Younger adults, especially those under 30, are much more positive about intermarriage than older adults. A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds (61%) think that the increase in intermarriage has been a change for the better for society. Among older adults — those ages 65 and older — only 28% agree. Read More