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Americans more likely to ban books than any other media

A new Harris Poll shows that since 2011, the percentage of American adults who feel there are books on sale that should be banned has jumped from 18 percent to 28 percent.

In a country with a constitutional right to freedom of expression, only 48 percent of the 2,244 adults surveyed felt that there are no books that should be banned completely.

When quizzed about other types of media, just 16 percent of Americans felt that there were films or TV shows that should be banned and 24 percent felt the same way about video games.

However, 40 percent of respondents admitted that they are more likely to reach for a book if it has caused controversy and 30 percent would be more inclined to read a book if it has been banned.


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