For the 50th anniversary of Rand’s magnum opus, Zogby International was commissioned to survey Americans on having read Atlas. The press release is pretty short, and reports on slipping in among others, the question: “Have you ever read the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand?” Some of the numbers reported included:
- 8.1% of Americans have read Atlas.
- 14% of those earning more than $100,000 have read it; 2% of those earning less than $35,000 have read it.
- Men and women were equally represented.
- People in the east, west, and south were about twice as likely to have read it than those in the central/Great Lakes region.
1239 Americans were surveyed (for an accuracy of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points).