PRINCETON, NJ -- Continuing to represent one of the largest shifts of public opinion in Gallup history, 87% of Americans now favor marriage between blacks and whites, up from 4% in 1958.
These data are from Gallup's Minority Rights and Relations poll, conducted June 13-July 5.
provides an interesting insight into how interracial relationships are viewed in the United States.
In 2009, Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to grant a marriage to Terence and Beth Mc Kay because the couple is interracial.
In an but the social stigma of such marriages remained prevalent even in the midst of progress.
The poll finds 75% of Americans approving of a white man dating a black woman, and 71% approving of a black man dating a white woman.
The distinction between the race of the man and woman makes little difference for blacks and Hispanics, but appears to affect whites' approval of interracial dating to a small degree.
The Cheerios commercial is hardly the only controversy over interracial marriage in recent memory.
Approval has generally increased in a linear fashion from Gallup's first measure in 1958, reaching the majority threshold in 1997, and crossing the three-quarters line in 2004.
He insisted that he wasn’t racist but speaking from the heart, because in his childhood, race relations were more tense and “mixing” was less acceptable.
I was I shocked by his admission, and also hurt by the full brunt of his ignorance.
At that time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races.