I wouldn't, but you can: Attitudes toward interracial relationships. Academic Article uri icon


  • Using the 2008 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), we study Whites' attitudes towards dating, cohabiting with, marrying, and having children with African Americans and Asian Americans. We find that 29% of White respondents reject all types of relationships with both groups whereas 31% endorse all types. Second, Whites are somewhat less willing to marry and bear children interracially than to date interracially. These attitudes and behaviors are related to warmth toward racial outgroups, political conservatism, age, gender, education, and region. Third, White women are likely to approve of interracial relationships for others but not themselves, while White men express more willingness to engage in such relationships personally, particularly with Asians. However, neither White men nor White women are very likely to actually engage in interracial relationships. Thus, positive globalattitudes toward interracial relationships do not translate into high rates of actual interracial cohabitation or marriage.

published proceedings

  • Soc Sci Res

altmetric score

  • 36.846

author list (cited authors)

  • Herman, M. R., & Campbell, M. E.

citation count

  • 100

complete list of authors

  • Herman, Melissa R||Campbell, Mary E

publication date

  • January 2012