Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Methodology

    • May 18, 2017

    Secondary data Analyses are based primarily upon the American Community Survey (ACS), as well as the 1980 decennial census, both of which were obtained from IPUMS-USA. Since 2008, the ACS, which is an annual, nationally representative survey, has included a question asking if the respondent married within the past 12 months, which is used to […] Read More

  • 2. Public views on intermarriage

    • May 18, 2017

    As intermarriage grows more prevalent in the United States, the public has become more accepting of it. A growing share of adults say that the trend toward more people of different races marrying each other is generally a good thing for American society.10 At the same time, the share saying they would oppose a close relative […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • May 18, 2017

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Gretchen Livingston, Senior Researcher Anna Brown, Research Analyst Jeffrey S. Passel, Senior Demographer Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Associate Director, Social Trends Research Claudia Deane, Vice President of Research Renee Stepler, Research Analyst Molly Rohal, […] Read More

  • 1. Trends and patterns in intermarriage

    • May 18, 2017

    In 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all newlyweds were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed. By 1980, the share of intermarried newlyweds had about doubled to 7%. And by 2015 the number had risen to 17%.4 All told, […] Read More

  • Intermarriage in the U.S. 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

    • May 18, 2017

    In 2015, 17% of all U.S. newlyweds had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, marking more than a fivefold increase since 1967, when the landmark Supreme Court case legalized interracial marriage. Read More