Public approval of interracial marriage rose from around 5% in the 1950s to around 80% in the 2000s.
The proportion of interracial marriages is markedly different depending on the ethnicity and gender of the spouses.
Using the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (Cycle VI), the likelihood of divorce for interracial couples to that of same-race couples was compared.
Comparisons across marriage cohorts revealed that, overall, interracial couples have higher rates of divorce, particularly for those that married during the late 1980s.
Gurung & Duong (1999) compiled a study relating to mixed-ethnic relationships ("MER"s) and same-ethnic relationships ("SER"s), concluding that individuals part of "MER"s generally do not view themselves differently from same-ethnic couples.
In Social Trends in America and Strategic Approaches to the Negro Problem (1948), Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal ranked the social areas where restrictions were imposed on the freedom of Black Americans by Southern White Americans through racial segregation, from the least to the most important: basic public facility access, social equality, jobs, courts and police, politics and marriage.
The table shows that among whites who out-married in 2008, there were different patterns by gender in the race of their spouses.
Interracial marriages have typically been highlighted through two points of view in the United States: Egalitarianism and cultural conservatism.Indian Americans were also the only Asian American group with higher outmarriage for men, whereas all other Asian American groups had higher outmarriage for women.A 1998 Washington Post article states 36% of young Asian Pacific American men born in the United States married White women, and 45% of U.The study also observed a clear gender divide in racial preference with regards to marriage: Women of all the races which were studied revealed a strong preference for men of their own race for marriage, with the caveat that East Asian women only discriminated against Black and Hispanic men, and not against White men.Several studies have found that a factor which significantly affects an individual's choices with regards to marriage is socio-economic status ("SES")—the measure of a person's income, education, social class, profession, etc.Virginia, but also continues to represent an absolute minority among the total number of wed couples.