6/24/11

Interracial Dating and Family Approval Poll Results

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In my most recent poll I asked the question, “If you've dated someone of another race, did your family approve?” Here are the results:

  • Yes – 55%

  • No – 10%

  • No at first, but eventually Yes – 19%

  • I don’t know – 6%

  • I’ve never dated anyone of another race – 10%

Though this was an unscientific poll, the results are encouraging with almost three quarters of participants’ families approving – whether immediately or later – of interracial dating.  Hopefully this is a good sign of the direction attitudes are moving towards regarding interracial dating.

Please vote in my new poll on racist comments located in the upper right area of this website. The new poll is open for one week.


11 comments:

  1. It's an encouraging sign indeed.

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  2. Having a poll is a great idea on your blog!

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  3. I love your weekly poll feature! Very fun. As a market researcher, I must add a caveat: the people who come to your site are probably skewed towards accepting interracial relationships since they are visiting a multicultural parenting site in the first place. That said, acceptance of interracial relationships is now the norm among young people. Check out these Pew research findings: "Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage" http://bit.ly/jYBag1

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  4. Leslie - You make an excellent point regarding people visiting this site as being probably skewed towards accepting interracial relationships. But, the poll question asked about acceptance of interracial relationships from their families as opposed to themselves (which they obviously do if they are/were involved in one). So maybe the results aren't as skewed as you might've first thought.

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  5. @Deepak
    Deepak - Oh yes, that's another good point. Thanks for the discussion!

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  6. @Maria Wen Adcock Glad to be part of the discussion. You are welcome.

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  7. I find that families tend to be more open today. I just hope my girls find someone who loves them and treats them well regardless of what race they are.

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  8. That is encouraging. Of my college friends, no one married someone from the same country. Makes for really fun and diverse gatherings :)

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  9. Wonderful learn, I just handed this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on that. And he really bought me lunch as a result of I discovered it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! Anyway, in my language, there aren’t much good supply like this.

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