Five times as many Asians as whites would only marry someone of their own
racial background, suggests poll
Nearly half of Asians would not consider dating a white person
Over half of young Asians would not consider dating a black person
Five times as many young Asians as whites believe homosexuality is
Five times as many young Asians as whites would only marry someone of the
same race, a survey undertaken for BBC Asian Network suggests.
The survey, undertaken by ICM, suggests that 44% of
Asians would only marry someone from the same race compared to just 9% of
The survey, commissioned as part of the radio station's Asian Nation season
looking at the state of mind of UK Asians in 2007, suggests the
Asian population of the UK has markedly different attitudes to friends
and relationships compared to their white counterparts.
Whilst 87% of white people would consider a mixed race marriage, according to the survery, just
53% of Asians felt the same.
Fifty-three per cent of Asians would consider dating someone who is white and 44% of
Asians would consider dating someone who is black, whilst 44% of Asians
would not consider dating a white person and 53% of Asians would not
consider dating a black person.
Twice as many young white people would go out with a black person as
would a young Asian. While 83% of white people would consider dating a
black person, just 44% of Asians would do so, according to the survey.
Young Asians appear to have a very different attitude to homosexuality
compared to whites – 44% of young Asians surveyed think homosexuality is immoral
compared to 8% of young white people.
Thirty-one per cent of Asians say that all or most of their friends are from the same
race compared to 69% of white people, according to the survey.
Notes to Editors
ICM Research interviewed two separate samples of people under 34 years.
Firstly, 500 Asian 16 to 34-year-olds by telephone on 4 to 11 July
2007. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results
weighted to the profile of 16-34-year-old Asians.
Secondly, ICM interviewed 235
white 18 to 34 year olds by telephone on 6 to 12 July. Interviews were also conducted
across the country and the results weighted to the profile of
ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides
by its rules.
"Asian" refers to people identifying themselves as Indian, Pakistani,
Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan.
Asian Nation on BBC Asian Network is a series of programmes and reports
to mark the 60th anniversary of the independence of
India and Pakistan this August which explores the roots, lives and music
of young British Asians in the UK today.
It is the biggest, most ambitious project that the Asian Network has ever
undertaken on the South Asian subcontinent and is part of a season of
programmes across BBC television, radio and online called India &
You can listen to the BBC Asian Network on digital television, digital radio and online at bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork.
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