A new Gallup poll shows that 86 percent of Americans approve of interracial marriage, up from 4% in 1958 and 43% in 1983.
The poll also shows that 96% of African Americans approve of interracial marriage while 84% of whites approve of it.
Approval of black-white marriages is at a record high among blacks and whites. Blacks have always been more approving than whites of interracial marriage, going back to 1968 when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates on each group’s opinions. However, the gap in approval ratings has narrowed considerably, averaging 13 percentage points since 1997 but 32 points from 1968-1994.