Gallup poll: Americans went to libraries more than movie theaters last year

by Laura Mize · Jan 28th, 2020 11:56 am

Visiting the library is more popular among Americans than going to concerts, attending sporting events, or going to the movies, according to a new poll from Gallup.

Americans went to the library 10.5 times on average in 2019. The next most popular pastime was seeing a movie in a theater, at an average of 5.3 times in a year. Next in popularity were attending a live sporting event at 4.7 times a year, attending a live musical event or theatrical production at 3.8 times a year, and visiting a historic park or national park at 3.7 times a year.

The poll surveyed 1,025 adult participants and also measured the frequency with which people went to a museum, casino, theme park, or zoo.

Survey results showed that people ages 18 to 29, women, and those with low income are the groups with the highest library attendance.


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