GALLUP NEWS SERVICE PRINCETON, NJ -- Most Americans say they approve of interracial dating.
Even though a majority of whites approve, they are somewhat less likely to approve of interracial dating than are blacks or Hispanics.
There are no appreciable gender differences in the incidence of dating someone from one's own race or ethnic background.
However, there are differences by gender when it comes to dating someone from a different racial or ethnic background.
As one would expect, most Americans, 92%, say they have dated someone of their own racial or ethnic background in their lifetimes -- 97% of whites have dated a white person, 95% of blacks have dated a black person, and 83% of Hispanics have dated another Hispanic.
But it is not uncommon for people to report dating someone from a different racial or ethnic background -- 48% of Americans overall say they have done so, including 69% of Hispanics, 52% of blacks, and 45% of whites.
Younger Americans -- who are more approving of interracial dating -- are also more likely to have dated a person from a different racial or ethnic background.
Sixty percent of 18- to 29-year-olds have done so, compared with 53% of 30- to 49-year-olds, 46% of 50- to 64-year-olds, and only 28% of those 65 and older.Black men (64%) are significantly more likely to say they have dated a nonblack than are black women (42%).Hispanic men (74%) are also more likely than Hispanic women (65%) to say they have dated a non-Hispanic.Interracial and interethnic dating is not uncommon in the United States, according to self-reports in the survey.Slightly less than half of Americans say they have dated someone from a different racial or ethnic background, with Hispanics more likely than whites or blacks to say this.Results for the sample of 511 Hispanics, aged 18 and older, are based on telephone interviews, conducted June 6-25, 2005.