Monday, December 10, 2012

Why Do Republicans Seem So Stupid? Well... Because They Are

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In fact, a more productive question might be to ask why stupid people are attracted to conservatism and to the Republican Party. Digital Journal released the results of a four year study of the Republican base-- Fox News viewers-- and they found exactly what anyone who has spent any time talking to one of them would expect: they're really stupid. Not just ignorant-- which, of course, they are-- not, far worse, incapable of processing abstract thought.
The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which represents a 20 point deficit when compared to the U.S. national average of 100. IQ, or intelligence quotient, is the international standard of assessing intelligence.

Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and 'conservative' had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients. Fox Viewers represented 2,650 members of the test group.

One test involved showing subjects a series of images and measuring their vitals, namely pulse rate and blood pressure. The self-identified conservatives' vitals increased over 35% when shown complex or shocking images. The image that caused the most stress was a poorly edited picture of President Obama standing next to a "ghostly" image of a child holding a tarantula.

Test subjects who received their news from other outlets or reported they do not watch the news scored an average IQ of 104, compared to 80 for Fox News viewers.

Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, "Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It's a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn't know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them."

He continues, "Fox News' content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent."

The researchers said that an IQ of 80 is well above the score of 70, which is where psychiatrists diagnose mental retardation. P. Nichols says an IQ of 80 will not limit anyone's ability to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans.

P. Nichols concludes that he wasn't shocked by the studies' results, rather how dramatic their range. "Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels."
Last year and again last spring researchers at Farleigh Dickinson University came to the conclusion that people who watch Fox News are the least informed of all TV viewers. If you have a brother-in-law anything like mine, you know that doesn't stop them from loudly and incessantly repeating the nonsense propaganda absorbed by their dull malleable brains. Fox viewers were compared with people who watch no TV, people who watch only The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, people who watch the Sunday morning talk shows and people who get their news and information from NPR. All categories were significantly more knowledgeable about current news events than Fox viewers, including people who watch no TV at all.

Fox News hit out at Farleigh Dickinson. A spokesperson for the network told the Hollywood Reporter, "Considering FDU’s undergraduate school is ranked as one of the worst in the country, we suggest the school invest in improving its weak academic program instead of spending money on frivolous polling-- their student body does not deserve to be so ill-informed."


Although he never mentions how the right-wing army is hollow, lame and incredibly dumb, Bill Kristol does mention in the new issue of The Weekly Standard that the conservative movement's "deep disarray" can be traced directly to the huckerism at its heart-- implying there are sheep too dumb to know they're being shorn over and over and over again.
Reading about some conservative organizations and Republican campaigns these days, one is reminded of Eric Hoffer’s remark, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” It may be that major parts of American conservatism have become such a racket that a kind of refounding of the movement as a cause is necessary.
Yeah-- and with better followers. 

UPDATE: HOAX

The Fox News study part of this post was an elaborate, albeit easy to believe, ruse. Everything else was real.


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7 Comments:

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you need to remove this post, it was already on reddit and revealed to be a hoax. There was no such study. The conservatives will use it against you, and make you look like the stupid one.

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous me said...

Jesus, what an asshole this guy is! What the hell does he think he's doing??

Just what our side needs - a fucking O'Keefe wannabe.

Anyway, 20 points lower is not believable. 10, I'd go for.

I agree - take it down. And ban that asshole from news media for life.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous matt said...

What a lovely, obviously true article. Don't take it down. Don't EVER take it down.

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch, you make your party look bad. Maybe there is something to be learned from this article though; both partys enjoy the benefits of having hordes of mindless drones who cast their vote (or just bitch on the internet) based on whatever knowledge they think they have acquired by watching partisan news. It is well recognized that Fox and CNN produce bias news reports, unless you happen to be an ardent liberal or conservative, then you just insist that the company that reports on the news in a way that sounds more favorable to your faction is telling the "truth" and its competitor is a viscous propaganda machine. Honestly does it really surprise people that news companies like Fox and CNN benefit from being blatantly partisan, they are corporations out for profit and each is trying to appeal to the prejudices of their particular audience. For people like this guy politics is like a sports game; you cheer for your preferred team and then after the game you get into a drunken fight with the opposing teams fans in the parking lot. Its unfortunate that in a democracy these drones still have a vote worth the same weight as that of someone who is actually well informed and knowledgeable.

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Christian Todd said...

I agree with you. This guy knows nothing. Gox News actually tells the real news, not the Obama news which is nothing but propaganda. And this shithead has probably never spent any time talking to any Conservative. He doesn't know what the hell he is saying. I, myself am a proud conservative and to see someone put a picture of us conservatives portrayed as Nazi lovers, makes me extremely mad. This guy needs to fuck off. If he spent a minute arguing with a conservative, he'd find himself to be extremely stupid. And an IQ of 80 really is not bad

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, but Fox News is so moronic and is a driving force in the dumbing down of Americans. I can t even have an intellectual conversation with my coworker's because of their apathy and willingness to be ignorant.

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Christian Todd. IQ of 80 is bad. 100 is average, so 80 is below average. But if you are 80, it might not seem so bad. Ignorance is bliss.

 

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