Every day, the number of multiracial babies born in the United States keeps growing—three times faster than the country as a whole. That's the conclusion of a Pew Research Center survey of about 21,000 adults from multiple racial backgrounds.
The survey, conducted earlier this year, shows that the mixed-race population in the United States is actually larger than estimated by the U.S. Census. The Pew survey showed that about 7 percent of the country is multiracial, not 2 percent, as estimated by the Census Bureau.
"We went beyond the Census and asked people about their biological parents and grandparents," said Juliana Menasce Horowitz, associate director of social trends research for Pew Research Center. "So if someone said they were black or Native American, we were able to explore their connection to mixed-race relatives."
With a growing number of interracial marriages and multiracial babies, what does that mean for the world of politics? Right now, the country's largest biracial group is white and Native American, according to the Pew survey. It's also the only biracial group that is more conservative than liberal (37 percent compared to 18 percent) and that leans Republican. However, the numbers might draw criticism because Latinos were not included in most of the calculations, since the Census Bureau considers "Hispanic" an ethnicity, not a race.