Friday, August 24, 2007

Reading Habits of Dems and Reps

In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a survey taken on the reading habits of Americans. This is not the first and it, for sure, won’t be the last. There are a lot of interesting results. What I wanted to focus on today are the apparent reading habits of people as they relate to their political leanings, as reported by the Associate Press.

Liberals read more books than conservatives. You’ll have to go to the article itself to read Pat Schroeder’s reasoning for this. Shroeder is the president of the American Association of Publishers. She a definite Democrat. To give you a taste of her comments:
The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes … It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page.
Never fear, the article’s not biased toward the dems. Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist said “conservatives and others aren't necessarily reading less, but are getting more information online and from magazines.

The poll also found that 22 percent of liberals and moderates had not read a book within the past year, while 34 percent of conservatives had not read a book in the last year.

Not read a book in a year!? Who are these people??


  1. I'd read this recently and wondered the same thing you did. I can't imagine not reading!

    I've posted a list of my favorite writers' blogs, and you're on it.

  2. I'm with you, Lillie. I'm leaving tomorrow on a trip and am taking three books with me. I figure I can re-stock at bookstores along the way if need be.

    Thank you, Lillie, for including my blog on your list. I'm honored. I checked out your list and there are some great ones there and some I intend to go visit. Lists and blogs like yours are like opening a box and finding treasures inside.

  3. Well, I haven't read a book in about one year so I guess I wear the typical conservative mantle.

    Most of my reading comes from online sources, articles, and the like. If I had the time to read, I'd probably spend it with a good book, but time hasn't been in my favor much of late.

  4. Well, Matthew, there's something to be said for being busy! I find that if I have trouble finding time to read, it doesn't work to try to do it. I start reading and by the time I get back to it, I've lost the plot line and the characters. Sometimes an anthology of short stories works since I can read one fairly quickly before bed or while eating lunch, and set it aside until I've got a bit more time for the next story.

    And I so can empathize with online reading. I seem to do more and more of that.


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