The AP-AOL Games poll on public attitudes about gaming is based on telephone interviews with 3,024 adults, including 1,046 who play electronic games, in the United States from all states except Alaska and Hawaii.

The interviews were conducted April 18-20 and 24-27 by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

Results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region, race and income. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for those who play electronic games. The margin of error for the full sample of adults is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions. Results may not total 100 percent because of rounding.

1. Do you ever play games on a computer or on an electronic gaming console like a PlayStation, Nintendo or XBox, or not?

— Yes, 40 percent

— No, 60 percent

(RESULTS FOR ALL REMAINING QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE 40 PERCENT OF ALL ADULTS WHO IN Q.1 SAY THAT PLAY GAMES ON A COMPUTER OR ON AN ELECTRONIC GAME CONSOLE)

2. Do you ever play computer or video games online (over the Internet), or not?

— Yes, 45 percent

— No, 55 percent

3. During an average week, how many hours do you spend playing computer or video games?

— Less than one hour, 32 percent

— One hour, 9 percent

— Two hours, 17 percent

— Three hours, 8 percent

— Four hours to five hours, 13 percent

— Six hours to seven hours, 4 percent

— Eight hours to 10 hours, 6 percent

— 10 hours or more, 10 percent

— Refused/not sure, 1 percent

4. Do you typically play computer or video games with other people, or only by yourself?

— With others, 28 percent

— Only by yourself, 63 percent

— Both equally (Volunteered), 8 percent

— Not sure, 1 percent

(QUESTION 5 ONLY ASKED OF THOSE WHO SAY IN Q.2 THAT THEY PLAY COMPUTER OF VIDEO GAMES ONLINE)

5. Have you formed any ongoing friendships or relationships from playing online with strangers, or not?

— Yes, 18 percent

— No, 81 percent

— Not sure, 1 percent

6. If you had to choose, what type of game do you enjoy the most?

— Casual, like card or board games, 29 percent

— Strategy, 17 percent

— Action, such as driving or fighting games, 16 percent

— Sports, 13 percent

— Adventure or role-playing, 12 percent

— Shooters, 7 percent

— Simulation, 4 percent

— Other (volunteered), 1 percent

— Not sure, 1 percent

7. How much money would you say you spent last year on computer or video gaming, including game software, online charges, consoles, and accessories?

— Nothing, 27 percent

— $100 or less, 31 percent

— $101 to $200, 14 percent

— $201 to $500, 17 percent

— $501 to $1,000, 6 percent

— Over $1,000, 5 percent

8. During an average week, how many hours do you spend watching television?

— No time/Do not watch television, 6 percent

— Less than one hour per week, 3 percent

— Three hours or less, 10 percent

— Four to five hours, 11 percent

— Six to seven hours, 7 percent

— Eight to 10 hours, 17 percent

— 11 to 15 hours, 14 percent

— 16 to 25 hours, 16 percent

— More than 25 hours, 15 percent

— Refused/not sure, 1 percent