But a Gallup poll a year later in 1968 showed that only 20 percent of Americans supported marriage between whites and black; 73 percent opposed: Note that a plurality did not support interracial marriage until 1991, almost 25 years after was decided, and it was another six years until there was an actual majority!
While there is overwhelming agreement that society should do everything necessary to ensure equal opportunity for all, most Americans continue to reject giving preferential treatment to blacks and other minorities.
The shift in opinion on interracial dating has been dramatic.
While many suggest that marriage equality for same-sex couples is inevitable, public polling suggests that compared to the most similar issue, interracial marriage, the law is far behind public opinion.
The 1967 Supreme Court decision in ended all restrictions on interracial marriage in the United States.
In the late 1980s, only about half of the public agreed with the statement: “I think it’s all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” Today, over three-quarters agree (77%), with increases in support coming in all major demographic and political groups.
Similarly, in 1988 a quarter of Americans said they had little in common with people of other races; today, just 13% say that.
Gurung & Duong (1999) compiled a study relating to mixed-ethnic relationships ("MER"s) and same-ethnic relationships ("SER"s), concluding that individuals part of "MER"s generally do not view themselves differently from same-ethnic couples.
In Social Trends in America and Strategic Approaches to the Negro Problem (1948), Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal ranked the social areas where restrictions were imposed on the freedom of Black Americans by Southern White Americans through racial segregation, from the least to the most important: basic public facility access, social equality, jobs, courts and police, politics and marriage.
Faced with an unpopular president who is waging an increasingly unpopular war, the proportion of Americans who hold a favorable view of the Republican Party stands at 41%, down 15 points since January 2001.