[purported presidential IQ ranking; Dubya dead last] Re: True???

Rohit Khare rohit@ics.uci.edu
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 13:11:00 -0800


FoRK--

This sounds awfully partisan, but there's a veneer of credibility. Is 
this a hoax? Does this report even exist?

Thanks,
   Rohit

On Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at 12:46 PM, Smruti Jayant Vidwans wrote:

>
> President Bush Ranks Lowest IQ in 50 Years of US Presidents
>
> In a report published Monday, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton,
> Pennsylvania, detailed its findings of a four-month study of the
> intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the
> Lovenstein Institute has published its research to the educational
> community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report
> among others. There have been twelve presidents over the past 50 years,
> from F.D. Roosevelt to G.W. Bush, who were rated based on
> scholarly achievements, writings that they produced without aid of 
> staff,
> their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological
> factors, which were then scored using the Swanson/Crain system of
> intelligence ranking.
>
> The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to
> within five percentage points:
>
> 147 .. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
> 132 .. Harry Truman (D)
> 122 .. Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
> 174 .. John F. Kennedy (D)
> 126 .. Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
> 155.. Richard M. Nixon (R)
> 121 .. Gerald Ford (R)
> 175 .. James E. Carter (D)
> 105 .. Ronald Reagan (R)
> 098 .. George Bush (R)
> 182 .. William J. Clinton (D)
> 091 .. George W. Bush (R)
>
> In IQ order:
>
> 182 .. William J. Clinton (D)
> 175 .. James E. Carter (D)
> 174 .. John F. Kennedy (D)
> 155 .. Richard M. Nixon (R)
> 147 .. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
> 132 .. Harry Truman (D)
> 126 .. Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
> 122 .. Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
> 121 .. Gerald Ford (R)
> 105 .. Ronald Reagan (R)
> 098 ..George Bush (R)
> 091 .. George W. Bush (R)
>
> The six Republican presidents of the past 50 years had an average IQ of
> 115.5, with President Nixon having the highest at 155. President G.W.
> Bush rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an IQ of 91.
> The six Democrat presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with
> President Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B.
> Johnson was rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126.
>
>
> No president other than Carter (D) has released his actual IQ, 176.
> Among comments made concerning the specific testing of President GW 
> Bush,
> his low ratings are due to his apparently difficult command of the
> English language in public statements, his limited use of vocabulary
> (6,500 words for Bush versus an average of 11,000 words
> for other presidents), his lack of scholarly achievements other than a
> basic MBA, and an absence of any body of work which could be studied on
> an intellectual basis. The complete report documents the methods and
> procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence
> structure and voice stress confidence analysis.
> "All the Presidents prior to George W. Bush had a least one book under
> their belt, and most had written several white papers during their
> education or early careers. Not so with President Bush," Dr. Lovenstein
> said. "He has no published works or writings, which made it more
> difficult to arrive at an assessment. We relied more heavily on
> transcripts of his unscripted public speaking."
> The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton Pennsylvania think tank includes
> high caliber historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in 
> human
> behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R.
> Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F.
> Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist. This study was commissioned 
> on
> February 13, 2001 and released on July 9, 2001 to subscribing member
> universities and organizations within the educational community.
>