Released: December 13, 2013

Public Libraries Are Better Than Congress, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Say Americans

As my colleague Svati Narula reported, some 94 percent of Americans say that having a public library improves a community and that the local library is a “welcoming, friendly place.” 91 percent said they had never had “a negative experience using a public library, either in person or online.”

These sound like incredible approval ratings for any U.S. public institution. So I wondered: Just how incredible are they? How do other icons of Americana compare?

Using exclusive and highly accurate statistical analysis techniques, I endeavored to find out. Here are the results: […]

Read the story at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/public-libraries-are-better-than-congress-baseball-and-apple-pie-say-americans/282312/