The percentage for Whites, while not as high, was still overwhelmingly supportive at 84 percent.The study made it clear that Black approval of such unions has always been higher, but the gap between the races has closed dramatically.In 1958 just 4 percent of White Americans ratified their support for interracial marriage.
Now, almost 50 years later, attitudes toward interracial marriage, while still frowned upon in certain circles, have transformed dramatically.
According to a Gallup poll conducted between June 13 and July 5 of last year that surveyed 4,373 Americans, including 1,010 non-Hispanic Blacks, public support for interracial marriage has grown steadily with each successive year.
While the poll is not entirely scientific, it is probably a fairly accurate barometer of contemporary attitudes toward the issue.
The poll revealed that Black Americans approved of Black-White marriage at a rate of 96 percent, which is almost entirely universal.
Not surprisingly, support for interracial marriage is much higher among younger people under 30 and less idealistic among people over 65 years old.
As the poll demonstrated the following approval rates: National adults 87% 18-29 year olds 96% 30-49 year olds 93% 50-64 year olds 84% 65 years and older 70% Younger Americans have grown up in an environment where they have been immersed with multi-cultural images from sports, to television, to music, to gender to literature.They have also witnessed a nation with a tormented racial history elect a biracial man as president before many of them reached their 30th birthdays!Mildred and Richard Loving were a mixed race couple from Virginia who were arrested by local law enforcement in July 1958 for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 which prohibited White-Black marriages.To add insult to injury, they were told that they had to leave the state for a minimum of nine years in order to avoid prosecution and imprisonment.For the next several years they would file a number of legal appeals to combat such an injustice. S Supreme Court where the justices ruled in favor of the Lovings.While the Lovings were certainly not the only interracial couple pre-mid 1960s that existed, they have become among the most symbolic due to their tenacity and determination to challenge and reign victorious against such bigoted attitudes of time period.