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IQ and PoliticsWow, what can I say, in the past
24 hours over 540,000+ people have visited this page, and I will probably have
to take it down soon due to bandwidth issues. I originally posted this to a few
friends on a forum, using information from a list just like this created after
the 2000 election. The list was carried by the St. Petersburg Times and the
Economist, amongst others. The IQ data was originally attributed to the book "IQ
and the Wealth of Nations", though I checked and couldn't find them in the
current edition, I posted saying such at the bottom of the table. The tests and
data were said to have been administered via the Raven's APT, and The Test
Agency, one of the UK's leading publishers and distributors of psychometric
I have recently been emailed by someone claiming to have seen a
retraction many issues later on the behalf of the Economist Magazine. The
Economist could not independently verify the IQ data and the retraction can be
found here. I have yet to find any other retractions from the St.
Petersburg Times or other publications. Here you can find a
report correlating IQ and income, and their relation to how people voted in the
2004 election. This IQ data is based on SAT/ACT test scores. Here you can
see the correlation between percentage of college graduates in a state and whom
they voted for in the 2000 election.
I think matching census data to the
results of the election reveals some very interesting things. For instance,
there is a direct correlation that has been pointed out by the Boston Globe between the divorce rate per state, and who they
voted for, as it turns out, the higher the percentage of people voting for Bush,
the higher the divorce rate. That is very interesting considering many people
voted based on 'morality'.
I am glad that so many people are so
interested in IQ, statistical correlations, and their relation to politics. I
believe such correlations are increasingly interesting as some candidates this
year funneled more money into biased advertising and partisan propaganda than
has ever been attempted in the history of the world.
"As a regular reader of the
"Economist" I can confirm that this table (for the 2000 election) was indeed
published in the 'Economist". However, a few issues later on, the 'Economist'
published a retraction, saying the data was unable to be verified and possibly a
"i was bored last night, so curiosity got the best of me and i
decided to see if there was a correlation between %bush voters and %college
grads by state (nerd!). so i found out each state's %Bachelor's degrees from the
census and ran it--indeed there was a negative linear relationship between %bush
voters and %college grads (R = -0.71)-- which means, the less % of college
grads, the more % bush voters. DC had the highest % of college grads (42.5%) and
the lowest % of bush voters (9%); West Virginia had the lowest % grads (16.1%)
and a relatively high % (56%) bush voters...... Interestingly the last 14
ranking states in grads (<22%) were all bush winners (many 55-60+% voted for
bush), and 11 of the top 14 ranking states in grads (>30%) were kerry
Here is a conservative site that appears to debunk the original
2000 election IQ chart thing, and has a lot of relevent information.
also wanted to thank my friends for mirroring this, I have really been inundated
with hits. This was original was originally posted on
www.ChrisEvans3D.com/files/iq.htm if you want to flame someone, flame me, not
them. It was not posted as an elitest diatribe, just an interesting correlation.