Liberals are more avid readers than conservatives, a new AP-Ipsos poll has discovered. Thirty-four percent of conservatives said they hadn’t read a book in a year, compared with 22% of liberals. A publishing exec and former congressman said that while liberals “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs,” conservatives gravitate to slick, pithy sound-bites.
“The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans,” Schroeder theorized; ironically, the AP points out, Karl Rove is known for his voracious literary appetite. A White House spokesman chalked up the “loquaciousness of liberals” to “obfuscation.” (Read more Karl Rove stories.)