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May 06, 2004

Interesting Observation

The American Assembler offers a chart that appears to indicate that states with higher average IQs voted Democrat in the 2000 presidential election.

Addendum: I initially posted this in the comments but realized it would be better to include here. I re-checked the site, which now offers a correction:

Error Correction: The source of this data is not "Wealth of Nations" as it had been attributed to us. A reader writes in and tells us he has the book (Sorry to hear that Mike) and the state IQ's aren't in it. This is a huge relief as the book is one of those race/IQ books. So we're still trying to track down the source for the IQ scores. As this is all a bit of good fun we aren't to [sic] concerned with the source.

So take it with a grain of salt, as I should have in the first place. I'd prefer that they care about having a reliable source, even if it is just for fun.

Yours, &c., LC | 10:32 AM | Politics | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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Wow. That's just asking for someone to start making generalizations...

But it's fascinating, nonetheless.

Posted by: Jenica at May 6, 2004 06:59 PM

True - this comparison is extremely general, and it shouldn't be taken as firmly conclusive. If someone were to really study this, more specific data would be needed - for instance, not just the average IQ for a state but a sampling of actual IQs in that state, perhaps even broken down by county.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 7, 2004 09:40 AM

Be skeptical. Be very skeptical. Even the website author acknowledges they don't know where the IQ data came from.

Posted by: Felix at May 7, 2004 03:20 PM

Thanks, Felix. I re-checked the site and there was a update, which I'll post here as well:

Error Correction: The source of this data is not "Wealth of Nations" as it had been attributed to us. A reader writes in and tells us he has the book (Sorry to hear that Mike) and the state IQ's aren't in it. This is a huge relief as the book is one of those race/IQ books. So we're still trying to track down the source for the IQ scores. As this is all a bit of good fun we aren't to concerned with the source.

I'll have to do some homework and see if I can find a real source that lists average IQs for the 50 states.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 7, 2004 03:39 PM