One in five Brits 'don't read books', according to YouGov poll

One in five Britons said they never read books, a YouGov poll has found (Picture: Getty)

One in five Britons never read books, according to a YouGov poll.

A poll of 3,275 adults asked respondents: ‘How many books do you generally have on the go at once?’.

And while just over half (52%) answered one at a time, a more worrying response was the 19% who said, “I don’t read books”.

That figure was even higher when it came to men, with over a quarter (26%) saying they don’t read books, compared to 12% of women.

The answer was also more prevalent among younger people, with 27% of 18-24-year-olds saying they don’t read books, alongside 21% 25-49-year-olds.

That number dropped to 16% of 50-65-year-olds, and was lowest for those 65 and older at 14%.


Why lazy people might be less likely to face extinction, according to science
Predatory sex abuser, 67, jailed for committing 200 sex assaults on two victims
Trump facing ‘serious questions’ after ex-lawyer claims President ‘directed’ hush money
Scottish chip shop releases ‘Crunchy Box’ most unhealthy takeaway ever
Cruise passenger rescued after 10 hours at sea branded a ‘stupid woman’

While reading a book one at a time was the most popular answer overall at 52%, 17% of people said they had two on the go, with just 1% reading four at the same time and none tackling five books at once.

Perhaps surprisingly, 1% of Britons said they had six or more books on the go at once, while 4% didn’t know.

YouGov questioned 3,275 British adults on August 21, with other questions looking at Brexit as well as whether people could calm themselves down when angry by counting in their head.