“Most singles seeking love don’t look outside their own race,” “despite nearly all saying they support mix-raced relationships.”
Either they really are that ignorant or no one at the Daily Mail, or even OkCupid, has heard of the Bradley Effect or just plain old social desirability bias. And those two phenomena kick in when people are responding to more or less anonymous polls. How likely, in our current Salem-esque environment, are individuals to admit they prefer their own kind on a website that displays their name, location, and photograph?
By the time the exceptions start to pile up—it seems black men prefer Hispanic women; Asian and Hispanic females favor white guys; and everyone really hates black chicks—OkCupid’s supposedly shocking study loses some of its voltage.