A new study concludes that Americans now approve of interracial marriage more than ever. According to a Gallup poll released on Friday, 94% of U.S. adults approve of interracial relationships, specifically marriage between Black and white people. The data shows a 7% increase from the same study conducted in 2013.
When Gallup first started asking the question in 1958, only 4% of U.S. adults approved of interracial marriages, The Hill reports. The number increased to 20% after the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in 1967. Thirty years later, 64% of Americans showed approval.
According to the latest data, 93% of white Americans support interracial marriage. That's compared to 96% of nonwhite Americans.
Younger people were more open to interracial relationships in previous years. In recent years, however, Americans of all ages have become more supportive. Only 27% of adults older than 50 years old approved of interracial marriage in 1991. That number has now increased to 91%.
In terms of region, 94% of Americans living in the East are currently open to interracial relationships. That's compared to 93% of Americans in the Midwest and the South, as well as 97% in the West.
The Gallup poll, conducted from July 6 to 21, interviewed 1,007 adults in America.
In 1958, a Black woman named Mildred Jeter married a white man, Richard Loving, in Washington, D.C., where interracial marriage was legal. The couple was then arrested when they came back home to Caroline County, Virginia, Forbes reports. They were charged with unlawfully "cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth."
After they were sentenced to a year in jail, the couple appealed their conviction to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The ruling was upheld but the pair then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court overturned their convictions in 1967, while also ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage.