Other demographic characteristics also are correlated with attitudes towards interracial marriage.Both overall and within each generation, acceptance of interracial marriage is positively associated with being female and with higher levels of education.

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And unlike among Millennials, among those ages 50 and older there are substantial differences between blacks and whites in acceptance of interracial marriage, with older blacks considerably more accepting of interracial marriage than are whites of the same age.

The gap between Millennials and other age groups is evident for all of the individual groups asked about, though the size of the gap does vary as Americans ages 50 to 64 and 65 and older are less likely to accept marriages to members of some groups (in particular, African Americans) than others (in particular, white Americans).

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These surveys have found Millennials very accepting of interracial dating since the opinions of this generation first were tracked in 2003 (in 2003, 92% of Millennials agreed that it was all right for blacks and whites to date).

When the first Generation Xers began to be tracked in the late 1980s, about two-thirds of this generation (those born between 19) agreed that it was “all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” By the time all members of that generation had reached age 18, fully 85% agreed with the statement — about the same proportion as does so today (86%).For more on the American public’s attitudes about race, including more detailed analysis of attitudes towards interracial marriage, see A Year After Obama’s Election Blacks Upbeat about Black Progress, Prospects.For more on values, see Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era.Just 36% of whites ages 50 to 64 and 32% of whites ages 65 and older report having at least some black friends.There are no statistically significant differences between older and younger blacks in reports of cross-racial friendships.There is little difference on this question between Millennials and Americans ages 30 to 49.