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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    The smart choice 

    We know Ohio is an electoral swing state. It may also be an intellectual swing state.

    And, the two could have something to do with each other.

    Regardless whose IQ data is used, Ohio falls in the middle of the pack, with an average citizen IQ of between 99 and 101. This could explain why our voting decisions are so representative of the country as a whole.

    One state-by-state IQ list with a greater differentiation from the top states (Connecticut 113, Massachusetts and New Jersey 111) and those at the bottom (Mississippi 85 and Utah and Idaho 87) has been publicized as an Internet hoax. It's premise is that 9 of the 10 smarter states (New Hampshire at 104 being the exception) voted for Democrat Al Gore in 2000 and the 12 lowest-ranked states voted for Republican George W. Bush.

    Ohio, with a 99 average IQ, voted for Bush.

    Another list has only a 10-point division between the lowest states Mississippi and South Carolina 94) and top-ranked New Hampshire (104).In this list, the higher IQ states also tended to vote for Gore (New Hampshire did not) and the lower IQ states went for Bush. addresses the issue that is an outgrowth of authors Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen's The U.S. and the Wealth of Nations. They ``conclude that the average brainpower of a nation ultimately determines its economic strength. The citizens of China, Japan and Korea have been show to have higher average IQ than Americans.''

    This bears watching, if it doesn't give Ohioblog a headache.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 8:16 AM

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