Via Kevin at Lean Left.
I knew it. I always new it. I even blogged about the S Factor. Remember?
It’s the “Stupid factor,” the S factor: Some people — sometimes through no fault of their own — are just not very bright.
It’s not merely that some people are insufficiently intelligent to grasp the nuances of foreign policy, of constitutional law, of macroeconomics or of the variegated interplay of humans and the environment. These aren’t the people I’m referring to. The people I’m referring to cannot understand the phenomenon of cause and effect. They’re perplexed by issues comprising more than two sides. They don’t have the wherewithal to expand the sources of their information. And above all — far above all — they don’t think.
Now we have proof, in the form of a a list of states sorted by the average I of the residents, to which each state’s election 2000 election results are applied. The outcome?
Of the top 20 states by IQ ranking, all but 3 voted for Gore. Of the bottom 20 states, all but 1 voted for Bush. Of the 15 states with an average IQ above the mid-point (100), all but one voted for Gore; of the 32 states with average IQ below 100, all but 5 voted for Bush (and one of the 5 was Florida, which is listed for Gore on this site).
To quote a new legal phrase I’ve learned (and that I’m sure to misuse in the future), “Res Ispa Loquitor.” The thing speaks for itself. While IQ tests may be criticized for a number of reasons, the results here are…well…quite telling, to say the least.
If the test measures educational attainment or degree of matching to the presumed standard of an “educated person,” then these results suggest that Bush voters are not somehow genetically less intelligent than Gore voters, but instead that they’re simply more ignorant and less sophisticated. Which, in a way, is worse – but hardly surprising.
Not surprising at all.