Study: Fox News viewers have IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average
Dec 4, 2012
Study shows that the Americans who watch Fox News have an average IQ of 80, whereas the national average is 100. Researchers were not "shocked" by findings.
Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
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."
The poor grammar, misspellings and random Capitalization of our freeper trolls, certainly seems to bear this out. Can't wait for them to find this thread, should be popcorn-munching fun!
That article was reprinted by Yahoo! off PRWeb, which is a service anyone can use. A quick look for the source material doesn't turn up anything.
I don't doubt Fox News viewers are dumb, but this reads like an Onion story.
That explains a lot, and no, I'm not surprised.
This is like the SEVENTH straight study that has shown FOX News viewers are less informed than even those who watch no news at all.
Please let this be a real story and not from the Onion...
I'm sure Fox will find a way to spin this to their advantage:
- Are IQ tests skewed against people with true American value?
- Is intelligence really important in today's world?
- Isn't intellectual snobbery what's ruining the American economy?
- And now they're telling you that you're stupid just because you believe us when we suggest that stupidity isn't really a bad thing!
The sad part is that I'm not joking. I fully expect this as the strategy.
I don't think it's a real study. The name "Intelligence Institute" sounds like a fake.
We do know that Fox viewers are dumb though.
Really, why would a conservative group release this? It has to be a joke.
How insulting. Dogs know exactly what a vacuum cleaner does and why.
Is anyone surprised?
Just another example of obvious facts being reported and falling on deaf ears (i.e. most of the media).
"The underlying conclusions of this “study” are affirmed by research conducted by a number of reputable organizations including the University of Maryland, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and the Sunlight Foundation. Unfortunately, this study, and the “Intelligence Institute,” appear to be figments of some prankster’s imagination. There is no evidence that the institute exists and the sole source for the Yahoo! item is a press release that contains no verifiable identifying data."
Just watching Faux is enough to make grey matter deteriorate.
I love it anyway. Redumblicans.
Stating the obvious.
Just post it on FB (like I just did) and see if people fall for it!
Fox News viewers also listen to more Country Music than any other group on the planet.
In other news-- Sky: blue; Water: wet; Steve Doocy: asshole.
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