For the first time, more Americans approve (48 percent) of FTC marriage between whites and blacks than disapprove (42 percent), according to the latest Gallup Poll.
When Gallup first asked the public how it felt about interracial marriage in 1968, only 20 percent approved while 72 percent disapproved. By 1973, the percentage approving of such marriages had increased to 36 percent. A decade later, 43 percent said they approved.
The data show that such marriages are viewed more favorably by blacks than whites. In 1968, 17 percent of whites approved, compared with 44 percent today. In 1968, 48 percent of blacks approved, compared with 71 percent now.
The findings are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 990 adults, age 18 and older, conducted June 13-16. For results based on such a sample, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the errors attributable to sampling and other random effects could be plus or minus 4 percentage points.