Wednesday, August 22, 2007

One in Four Americans Read no Books Last Year

An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released on Tuesday revealed that one in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year. Among this group of non-readers, nearly a third are men and a quarter women, they tend to be older, less educated, lower income, minorities, from rural areas and less religious. Women and seniors were found to be the most avid readers with religious works and popular fiction the top choices.

Among the respondents who said they had read books, the median figure was nine books for women and five for men. The figures also indicated that those with college degrees read the most, and people aged 50 and up read more than those who are younger.

The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted from August 6 to 8 and involved telephone interviews with 1,003 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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