Poll: one in four U.S. adults read no books last year
Posted On August 23, 2007
Maybe I need to start writing in a more literate language….a nation of dunces…if they did read anything it was probably fucking Harry Potter….
BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhuanet) — One in four adults in the United States read no books at all last year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
The poll was conducted from Aug. 6 to 8, interviewing a total of 1,003 adults in telephone.
Of those who did read, the typical number of books the interviewees claimed to have read during the past year was four. Women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.
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.
“I just get sleepy when I read,” said Richard Bustos of Dallas, 34, a project manager for a telecommunications company, who read no book last year and would rather spend time in his backyard pool.
Analysts attribute the results to the competition from the Internet, movies, television and other media, the unsteady economy and a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.
When the Gallup Poll asked in 2005 how many books people had at least started, the typical answer was five. That was down from 10 in 1999.
The descending trend is in accord with the book sales in U.S. market that has been flat in recent years and is expected to stay that way indefinitely.