A problematic poll

The current E2 Poll (Books! Books! Books!) seems to present us with a variation of the time-honoured question “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

As BookReader - being a book reader, like myself - undoubtedly knows, book readers don’t in general get bogged down in just one predominant category of books. What is missing among BookReader’s alternatives are items like “All of the above”, “Most of the above”, etc. And in that case the result of the poll would become nearly meaningless, because these would be the alternatives which almost everybody is likely to choose.

Is there a moral to be had here? Well, perhaps that getting a reasonably clear picture of people's reading habits is not as straightforward as it might seem.