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    Default One in four adults have not read book in last year

    Gallup poll shows 1 in 4 adults have not read a book in last year. The median number of books read (for those who read) is four.

    http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_6683745

    One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press- Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

    Now, the next story (below) is based on the very same Gallup poll. But it tells a different story. The second compares the reading habits of "liberals" and "conservatives" (undefined of course), with the implication that liberals are smarter than conservatives.

    I thought someone here told me the media doesn't filter the news. So what is this horse puckey about liberals v. conservatives? If I don't self identify with either, does that mean I don't read? What about the libertarians, or the socialists, or the anarchists, or the monarchists? Do they not exist, or don't they read? Since the first article says more women read than men, does this mean that women are smarter than men? Funny how the second doesn't bother to make that comparison. Why didn't they compare readership between Coke and Pepsi drinkers? It would have been about as useful and newsworthy.

    Oh, this will likely be a topic of discussion in the us v. them media sources in days to come.

    http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_6683744

    Washington - Liberals read more books than conservatives.

    The head of the book publishing industry's trade group says she knows why - and there's little flattering about conservative readers in her explanation.
    Last edited by matclone; 08-22-2007 at 03:25 PM. Reason: Trying not to read anything into it.

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    Can't we all just get along?

    So tired of all this divisive stuff.
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    Default Re: One in four adults have not read book in last year

    Most people that read books, the study says, read fiction and/or religious stuff. That explains a lot.

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    I agree that it's silly to divide readership between lib and conservative. Even if you were truly able to categorize, shouldn't a book written by Francis Fukuyama or Nassim Taleb count for more than a book by Danielle Steele or Tami Hoag?

    People are just using questionable data to try to justify their pre-conceived worldviews. You can't say that one political party or ideology is "smarter" than another.

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    Default Re: One in four adults have not read book in last year

    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    People are just using questionable data to try to justify their pre-conceived worldviews.
    (I normally hate to use this word but,) Exactly.

    And note this is presented as "news" (being in the A section of the Denver Post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post

    People are just using questionable data to try to justify their pre-conceived worldviews. You can't say that one political party or ideology is "smarter" than another.
    This about sums it up right here, good post Flop.

    The one in four statistic doesn't really surprise me, and I suppose that thats pretty sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    I agree that it's silly to divide readership between lib and conservative. Even if you were truly able to categorize, shouldn't a book written by Francis Fukuyama or Nassim Taleb count for more than a book by Danielle Steele or Tami Hoag?

    People are just using questionable data to try to justify their pre-conceived worldviews. You can't say that one political party or ideology is "smarter" than another.

    Questionable data ... we have a winner!!!

    Just looking at the study's statistics, I think the assumption is that the study population is voting-age adults, which is some 100 million+ people. Of that, they only samples 1003 for their data. I don't know about you guys, but I could not be comfortable saying anything about 100 million+ people using only 1003 as my test population. While this is standard practice, it leaves room for a lot of error (that margin of error thing is not what it sounds like in these polls, but that is an entirely separate statistics thread) and leaves out a lot of possibilities.

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    Default Re: One in four adults have not read book in last year

    It's a sufficient number, assuming the survey is random.

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    <-------Haven't read a book since high school.

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