Reading Habits Subject of Poll

One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to a Associated Press-Ipsos poll. Of those who did read, women and older people were the most avid. The Bible and religious books were read by two-thirds of the respondents, making it the top category, followed by popular fiction, histories, biographies and mysteries, all at about half.

People from the West and Midwest are more likely to have read at least one book in the past year. Southerners who do read, however, tend to read more books, mostly religious books and romance novels, than people from other regions.

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Whites read more than blacks and Hispanics, and those who said they never attend religious services read nearly twice as many as those who attend frequently. Liberals read more than conservatives, according to the poll.

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