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Conservative Group study: Fox Viewers have Lower IQ

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.


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Cyril's picture

Be always wary of "studies" that put people in nice little jars

Be always wary of "studies" that put people in nice little jars with labels.

First off, it is IMO reasonably fair to say that any claim about measuring objectively what a person's "I.Q" consists in, and ranks to, is likely to be among the most controversial questions - much prone to bring never ending debates.

How does one define "intelligence" to begin with ? Does everybody agree on any unambiguous definition, as accurately and practically as for measuring a troy ounce as opposed to an avoirdupoids ounce in the case of the measure of weights ?

If I spend enough time, I could probably think for myself of half a dozen (if not more) distinct definitions I would equally be happy with, re: the meaning of "human intelligence" - and yet remain undecided for the rest of my lifetime as to whether or not this or that one is the most beneficial to be aware of for a given problem domain, or human activity domain, or etc.

Intelligence ?

Would that be about pure problem solving ? Known problems - solutions pattern matching ? Problem domain - situation relevance recognition ? Creative and informal communication capabilities ? All of the preceding ? Etc, etc.

And even assuming the ontology of "problems" vs. "paradigms" are always, unavoidably the common core constituents of the protocols for measuring "intelligence" - does everybody agree with you on the shape of your (and theirs) problems ?

The Shape of Your Problem - http://matt.might.net/articles/problem-shapes

And by the way, which role - exactly - do memory and factual prior knowledge play in one's intelligence and its use cases in a given situation ?

Anyhow, it is very much amusing, if not silly, that both the Yahoo article and the link "to additional details" it contains fail to even mention / provide references to the current "standard" in use in the U.S. - namely, the Stanford-Binet scale; so here it is :


My point : one can watch Fox News very frequently and attentively, while being very wary of what it presents and how it presents its propaganda, and be intelligent, or very intelligent. Or one can watch it a lot and buy everything of its content in an utterly gullible way.

This study is still useful I suppose to show that Fox News' content matches well a certain level, below average, of I.Q. measured by that scale ... but couldn't it be also related to a would-be "morality quotient" for the same audience ?

My .02

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

People Please! This article is as fake as fake can be.

Someone is rolling on the floor right now - holding his stomach laughing soo hard it hurts!

Man Oh Man! This article from PRweb (which is no longer listed) links to another article from May of 2012 - which points out mainstream media lacks informative information regarding international affairs. Well duh! We all know that!

The Intelligence Institute, P. Nichols, and the phone number - none of it checks out! Set aside the humorous "80 IQ" bit - the remaining content is over the top tomfoolery!

So what...it's funny, and based on the regular viewers of FOX,

it is most likely true!

It is not based on anything - the study does not exist.

"So what"?

I don't have a problem with you thinking it's funny.

Why do you have a problem with me pointing out it it fake?

The more

Fox Joos network you watch...the stoopider you get.


Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group...

Were any of them included in the poll? Ha, ha...

The question remains - was the IQ at 80 before watching FOX or did it become 80 after watching FOX? I lean toward the latter.

Dumping one's brains in a basket does tend to lower one's IQ.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

I blame the constant

I blame the constant flashing, spinning, exploding graphics.

But I thot

dat waching Bil O' Ry Lee maed me more smarter thun evry buddy elts!




What would the Founders do?

Lol! Choked on my cheetos!

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Was the viewer IQ measured before they began watching FOX,

or only afterwards?

Inquiring minds consider selection bias as well as causality.

80? I thought that was "Forest Gump" stupid

Seems pretty low to me. But they're always readjusting the scores to keep up with the constant dumbing down of society.

Definitely, I could have told

Definitely, I could have told you that. The average Republican is SO lowly its scary...

Ventura 2012

scawarren's picture

I've never placed much

I've never placed much confidence in the "IQ" test but it would be kind of interesting to know the average of the Liberty movement.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain
Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong. - Ron Paul

I call BS on this subjective research...

They deliberately chose half of their subjects to be FOX watchers - Why? Did they have a pre-determined outcome to establish? Looks like they would choose an equally distributed number of ALL media outlets. I read the article - and followed up with some research into the institute itself - never could figure out exactly "how" the research was done but it certainly was not clear if, or what kind of "IQ" test was actually given. One cannot determine IQ by a questionnaire or a survey. Determining "common sense" is quite difficult. The "Intelligence Institute" website itself is quite interesting - check it out.

I do not watch Fox news myself (don't watch the others either) but the people I know who do watch Fox have IQ's higher than 80 - actually I know several FOX watchers who rank in the gifted IQ area.
It's not about IQ - I'm sure Obama and Romney both have high IQ's...it is access to truthful information. No one depending on any MSM outlet would be receiving accurate information.
In using some common sense reasoning myself...and without questioning 5,000 people, I would determine that CNN watchers (overwhelmingly Obama supporters) can't be the brightest bulbs in the room either.

Look up 'weighted stratified

Look up 'weighted stratified random sample'

It depends on which region

It depends on which region you live in, people are usually affected by the group. If the group is intelligently, usually the individual is also.

That being said, my first thought on this article is "I could have told you so".
The fox viewers I know are so so so..... So so so dumb.
So dumb in fact that they argue that fox is "most trusted" in new reporting. These are the same people who denied Ron Paul and wanted Mitt. Are we surprised?

For the most part, I agree

For the most part, I agree with your assessment. Though, sometimes when I watch an MSM blurb, I feel stupider from just having heard it.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein


Love reading this; people who are quick to say the internet is the source of false information and that TV News is the best way. Give me a flipping break if it weren't for the internet I would still be blind and ignorant. Thanks to you folks for waking me up

"Do you watch Fox News (or

"Do you watch Fox News (or cnn et al) ?" should be one of the top questions you ask someone before diving into a debate with them.

Explains why

I've never been able to have an intelligent conversation about politics with anyone who only watches Fox News.