Tuesday, January 31, 2006



Before the 2004 election I wrote a piece about how states' average intelligence scores, measured by standardized IQ tests, correlated with 2000 (Bush v Gore) voting patterns and with average income. People were very uncomfortable about the topic, even the raw numbers made people uneasy. Sunday I read a story by Paul Craig Roberts (former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, an Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and a Contributing Editor of the far right magazine, National Review) in Information Clearing House called "Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber Than Bush".

Roberts starts with a powerful premise: "Two recent polls, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll and a New York Times/CBS News poll, indicate why Bush is getting away with impeachable offenses. Half of the US population is incapable of acquiring, processing and understanding information." He goes on to excoriate the media for acting as propaganda tools for the political Establishment instead of taking journalism seriously. But with about half the population seeing right through Bush's lies and distortions-- mass media propagandists or not-- the real problem is "lies with the absence of due diligence on the part of the other half of the population."

He asks a chilling question at one point: "What does it say for democracy that half of the American population is unable to draw a rational conclusion from unambiguous facts?"

Now consider the correlation's from 2000. Keep in mind that IQ scores are based on a mean IQ being 100. There are 18 states whose population had an average or above IQ (3 digits). Only two of those states-- New Hampshire, where the election was tampered with by Republican operatives who are now serving prison sentences, and Virginia-- voted for Bush. On the other hand the dozen states with the lowest average IQ (and the correspondingly lowest average incomes) all voted for Bush. Connecticut has the highest average IQ (113) and the highest average income ($26,979) and it voted overwhelmingly for Gore-- just as overwhelmingly as Mississippi, with the lowest average IQ (85) and the lowest average income ($14,088), voted for Bush.

Interestingly yesterday's WASHINGTON POST did a story about a very different-- but not unrelated-- demographic examination, entitled "Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases." The conclusions-- Republicans are more likely to be racists and bigots than Democrats or independents-- shouldn't exactly come as a suprise.


At 7:14 AM, Blogger KenInNY said...

And then there are the staggering ratings for the first two installments of the new series of American Idol.

There's no way of talking about this issue without sounding elitist. But I just don't believe this is the republic Jefferson and Madison had in mind.


At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly what impeachable offenses are you referring to? I'm just curious.

Maybe these statistics show something different. The democrats parade themselves as the party of the poor common man. Apparently they are wrong if those with the lowest average income are voting Republican. Maybe this just shows how elitist the Democrats really are. You really do think Americans are stupid. Are you so smart because you have the money to buy a computer and you can string words together and insert links to articles you didn't write?

Go read a book. This blog is a joke.

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the original author. Republicans are dumber than dirt and further proof can be found in the fact that republican policies hurt middle America where most republicans live more than the cosmopolitan areas of the US. Republicans in the heartland, especially poor ones, are getting screwed and they are too stupid to realize it, because as Bush said, " I don't like to read."

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." -- Sinclair Lewis


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