The opinion about interraacial dating
We also had the participants tell us how accepting they were of interracial relationships between blacks and whites.
Consistent with polling data, we found that participants claimed to be largely accepting of interracial relationships.
In his farewell address to the nation, Barack Obama discussed race relations, noting that “race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.” He acknowledged that race relations are better than they were years ago, but he added that all of us have more work to do. Hearts must change.” Although there is still much room for improvement, change in attitudes over time in polls about race underscore the President’s optimism.
The evolution of public opinion on interracial marriage is particularly relevant since this year marks the 50, starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, demonstrates how far our nation and public opinion have come on race relations and on interracial marriage specifically.
Using an electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures electrical activity in the brain, we recorded the brain waves of a predominately white sample of college students while they viewed 100 images of black-white interracial couples and an equal number of same-race couples (black and white).
We wanted to see what would happen in an area of the brain known as the insula, which has been shown to become activated when people feel disgust.
We also found that disgust and acceptance were highly correlated; the less accepting people were of interracial relationships, the more disgusted they were by them.
To get around this problem, we conducted a second study in which we measured participants’ brain activity — not their own reports.of Americans approved of marriages between Whites and non-Whites — today polls indicate that most Americans (87 per cent.) accept interracial marriage. Are people being socially pressured to go against what they really feel?Social psychologist Allison Skinner states in a recent article that, despite the polls, there is an underlying bias against interracial couples — something not captured by self-reported polls.In the latest question from the National Opinion Research Center, 89% of whites opposed such laws.
A majority nationally in a 2015 poll by the Pew Research Center said more people marrying someone of a different race doesn’t make much difference for society; only a handful (11%) said this is a change for the worse.
The last time Gallup asked the question in 2013, 11% nationally gave that response.