Most Americans Think They’re Smarter Than Most Americans

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Oh, but we know the truth, don’t we? We’re smarter than most of the Americans who think they’re smarter than most Americans. Because we know we’re average. Which makes us smart. See?

Forget being smarter than a fifth-grader. Most Americans think they’re smarter than everyone else in the country.

Fifty-five percent of Americans think that they are smarter than the average American, according to a new survey by YouGov, a research organization that uses online polling. In other words, as YouGov cleverly points out, the average American thinks that he or she is smarter than the average American.

A humble 34 percent of citizens say they are about as smart as everyone else, while a dispirited 4 percent say they are less intelligent than most people.

Men (24 percent) are more likely than women (15 percent) to say they are “much more intelligent” than the average American. White people are more likely to say the same than Hispanic and black people.

via Average Americans Think They’re Smarter Than the Average American – NationalJournal.com.

  • Echar Lailoken

    I’d like to think I am smarter than the average person.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I’m pretty sure that just about everyone would like to think that, even if they don’t believe it.

  • aaron

    “That’s the scariest thing about life, it’s that dumb people are out-breeding smart people at a fucking staggering pace. And nobody ever even talks about it! We all kinda know it’s happening, and the real problem is; most of us are dumb. We don’t want to admit it, but really, how many of us are really smart? Look, I know I’m stupid. I know. I know I’m stupid, yet I’m smarter than almost everybody I meet! And the real problem with dumb people is, they don’t even know they’re dumb. That’s a part of being dumb, you’re not aware! There should be a way to tell, like a home pregnancy test type thing. Some shit you take at home and you lick it and you go “Oh, I’m a fucking idiot! Shit! The fuck is this?! It’s broken, gimme another one!” Dudes would never believe it, idiots would have fucking boxes stacked to the ceiling. “LIAR! COCKSUCKER! NO!” The real problem is, most of us are idiots! We just like to think that we’re not idiots because we use a bunch of shit that smart people have figured out…”
    ~Joe Rogan

    • kowalityjesus

      hell yeah, great quote.

  • Andrew

    I hate smart people.

  • Gordon Klock

    Im sure we all know this old Subgenius/RAW quote:”You know how dumb the average person is? Well, half of them are even dumber than that!”

  • Gordon Klock

    Im usually at my stupidest right when I think Im being ‘smart’….

  • Halfsquatch

    I find Critical Thinking Skills to be of more importance than “IQ” when selecting my companions. I’m sure we all have seen very intelligent people exercise credulity so freely it can be painful to watch. On the other hand, there are those who may take a while to reason it out, but they do so meticulously and with careful analysis.

    • aaron

      I would have to agree also a lot of time it seems like as people get up closer to genius level “IQ” their brain seems to swap out social skills to make room for their intelligence. A lot of them are very socially challenged more often it seems like. Also when I am selecting companions I factor in a lot their compassion and empathy towards other humans, animals, nature, etc..

      • terrasodium

        most individuals can give you answers from multiple sources, they rarely figure out which marketing group or think tank spoon fed them the questions.

  • erte4wt4etrg

    I’m with stupid

  • mannyfurious

    By sheer probability alone, seeing as how I believe most people are idiots, I more than likely am an idiot myself. I’m ok with that fact. It’s the people who don’t know or refuse to entertain the idea that they’re stupid are the dangerous ones. I know I’m wrong most of the time, so I don’t take any of my ideas seriously. It’s the idiot who takes his ideas seriously who needs to be kept an eye on.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Its scary how confident the idiots are.

      • kowalityjesus

        The dangerous ones are those who are impossible to shame with their idiocy. Murder has crossed my mind more than once towards these people.

    • terrasodium

      that explains the FBI CIA and NSA reason for existing, being serious about ideas needs keeping an eye on .

      • mannyfurious

        Well the FBI, CIA and NSA have “serious” ideas, that’s why they’re so worried all the time.

        • terrasodium

          seems a paradox has revealed itself, now how to break the cycle?

          • mannyfurious

            Who says that it can be broken or even needs to be?

    • kcorb

      I’ve met quite a few people in my life who I thought were very intelligent, but all of them seemed to have a few big blind spots in their intelligence that makes me wonder about that assessment. Personally, I feel like knowing what I don’t know is more important than the things I do know. I think staying focused on how dumb I am helps make me incrementally smarter, but that jack of all–master of none path means I’m quickly out of my depth in a lot of discussions. Not that I let that stop me. There’s no better way to find out your stupid than by acting stupid.

      • mannyfurious

        I agree. Good post. (Take the compliment with a grain of salt, as I am probably an idiot….)

    • La Quiera Renea

      I laughed so hard at this. But you are so right. I can’t tell you how many times, in all my 21 years of living, I have encountered a stupid person that was completely oblivious to the fact that they were stupid.

      It strikes a nerve when someone tries to tell me shit I already know… But it really makes my head burn when an oblivious idiot tries to tell me shit I already know. If nothing irritates me more…

  • BuzzCoastin

    this poll proves
    that 55% of YouGov (wtf) users
    think they’re smarter than the average bear

    there’s a problem with the way we catagorize intelligence
    it’s based on an old idea about studying & books
    when in fact
    intelligence is the ability to recognise the unexpected opportunity
    and utilize it to its fullest benefit
    consistently

    • aaron

      Lol this is true. Also another problem with this poll is that odds are if you are signed up on a site called yougov you are probably an idiot to begin with….I copied this from their site…

      Join the YouGov panel today!

      As a member of the YouGov panel you will be part of a global community of people who share their opinions in return for points and rewards. It couldn’t be easier: we email you a survey link, you complete the survey at your convenience and earn points for doing so! You can redeem your points for great rewards.

      It is free to join – and to welcome you to the YouGov panel we’re offering 2,000 points as a sign-up bonus!

      HOW DOES IT WORK?You receive an email invitation with a link to a survey.A survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is anonymous.You will receive points immediately after completing the survey.Redeem your points for cash or cool rewards.

      YouGov is a world-leading online market research company. Our mission is to supply a live stream of continuous and accurate data and insight into what people are thinking and doing all over the world, all of the time, so that companies, governments and institutions can better serve the people that sustain them.

      • Jonas Planck

        Oh, wow. *facepalm*

    • Mr B

      Intelligence is habitual opportunism?

      • BuzzCoastin

        habitual opportunism = natural selection

  • 1plakat

    Hurts me to say, but the people on this site are obviously smarter than most americans, the people on reddit science are not bad either. Not me tho, I’m just a rambling fool, the moment you think you know it all… the scene changes.

  • Dingbert

    “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” -David St. Hubbins

  • Anarchy Pony

    I’ll bet it seems that way because of profession related knowledge and the ability to wade through the inherent jargon that comes with it. I’m sure a skilled carpenter/construction worker thinks their knowledge makes them smarter than an accountant and vice versa.

  • InfvoCuernos

    This reminds me of an online survey question :” Do you think that stupid people should be killed?” and my first thought was “what’s the cutoff on this? Which side of the line do I fall on, because I’m probably pretty close, and even if I am on the “smart” side, I don’t think they should be killed because somebody has to scrub the public toilets”.
    Also, mastery of more than one language used to be a consideration in determining intelligence -where do you think most Americans fall when that is taken into account?

    • kowalityjesus

      Eugenics! It was shattered in the mid-20th century by association with Nazis, but it is back to rear it’s head! Nikola Tesla thought we would be well on our way to a more worthy gene pool by now, but we shoved it under the carpet 70 years ago. Killing is not acceptable, but vasectomies are. Compounding the matter is that, too many dynamic, rare, and interesting people are opting not to breed. Nature ain’t everything, but it’s sure as fuck something.

      • Number1Framer

        I’m not trying to categorize myself into the “dynamic, rare, interesting” category by defending not breeding, but when you look around this world, it appears pretty inevitable to anyone that keeps up with the state of things that the Earth is not going to be a very nice place to be 30-40 years from now. Why would people with the observational skills to see we’re poisoning ourselves in our own petri dish want to subject their descendents to a world we left in shambles (sorry kids!)? Not having children seems like the humane thing to do if you’re of the opinion that humans do not have the ability to rebuild natural ecosystems that developed over millions of years, have sustained us for the entirety of our species, but have been critically disrupted in less than 200. If I eventually want to have a family, there’s plenty of orphans left to the meat grinder foster system who need love.

        • kowalityjesus

          There is something to be said for the ‘moth that flies into the candle flame and becomes the wick, with all around being so much the brighter for it,’ but most that would romantically aggrandize their mediocre selves in such a manner would probably not have the balls to actually fall into the flame. I know I don’t, which is why I desire to reproduce…whether I am not too weird and picky for that to actually happen remains to be seen, haha.

          As for the idea that earth is going to be a poison wasteland soon, we are actually pretty fuckin far from that happening…whenever people decide to stop being shitty and do what’s right, it could turn around pretty quick, imo. Credo in unum deum.

  • kowalityjesus

    This reminds me of a similar paradox I sometimes philosophically find myself in. I generally hold humility to a maxim, and whenever I reach an apogee of humility I congratulate myself for being so humble. However, when I engage in that act of being proud, I automatically negate said virtue. This is somehow similar I suppose.

    • Jonas Planck

      “I’M THE MOST HUMBLE PERSON THERE IS!!!” —Sean Hannity

  • HowardBrazee

    Well, I know that I’m smarter than myself, where myself is what I see normally as opposed to what I am when I make an effort.

  • xXGrizZ

    This result is not surprising and I’d be willing to bet that the same result would be found in every Country in the world. It is an inverse relationship maxim of human beings that the dumber someone is, the more intelligent they envision themselves to be.

  • Mr B

    What’s the criteria for this?

  • Mr B

    Outside myself, each insensitive being has their own unique archive of personal knowledge and psychological algorithms, but they’re seemingly the property of a cosmic, federal spirit, that denies people the horrors and explicit acknowledgement of nihilism and hard-wires them to condone hypocrisy, dynamically uphold the hierarchy and facilitate the ruling establishment’s core agenda (even feigning enjoyment for appalling music).

    That some plebs are more effective than others at finding food, warmth, shelter, etc is of no consequence to me.

  • Jonas Planck

    So the 4% that know they’re stupid are the smartest ones? Good thing Americans are incapable of seeing irony! When you’re capable of realizing that you’re stupid, you’re breathing rarefied air. It’s lonely at the top.

  • Craig Bickford

    I only have to look around at the people at my work every morning to know I am right in this regard. Also most of this country is probably suffering from Dunning-Kruger, I know I was at one point.

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