Will the more tolerant attitudes people express toward intermarriage be matched by actual intermarriage rates?There are many reasons to expect continued increases in intermarriage in coming decades.About one-quarter of Hispanic men and women married non-Hispanics in 2008.But the Pew report already documented a recent uptick in intermarriage among Hispanics and Asians, as immigration has slowed and the proportion of Hispanics and Asians who were born in the United States has grown.
Most people appear willing to date outside their race, but they still state preferences.More than one-fifth of black men intermarried in 2008, while just 9 percent of black women did.There has been much speculation about why these gender preferences exist—reasons that delve into racial stereotypes and politics.A recent study of profiles submitted to the online dating website showed, for example, that whites are more open to dating Hispanics and Asians than blacks are.And younger clients are more willing to date outside their race than older clients. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that one in seven new marriages in 2008 was either interracial or between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic—unions encompassed by the term "intermarriages." This is double the percentage of intermarriages in 1980, but still relatively low.About 44 percent of the population under age 18 in 2009 was Hispanic, black, Asian, or another non-white group, compared with about 35 percent of the total U. The Pew survey reported that one-third of respondents said they had a family member married to someone of another race or ethnic group.