One of the aspects of the RenGen: Renaissance Generation, that I get a lot questions about is their appreciation for reading as a leisure activity. I think people have gotten confused by mixed information. For example, during the Bush administration the NEA produced reports saying Americans are not reading, and in particular they’re not reading the classics.
A new Harris Poll confirms that Americans still say they love to read for pleasure. It ranked at the top of the list, in fact. As for the classics, neither Harris’ research nor mine ever asked people to reveal what they read for pleasure. My hunch is that the NEA had that part right, but it’s also a values-laden point of query.
Top 5 Favorite Leisure-Time Activities (% of Respondents, Unaided Responses)
Source: Harris Poll, October 2008
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