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Average Americans Think They’re Smarter Than the Average American

Posted on May 13th, 2014 at 13:10 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


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.

  1. People must be feeling down. In Lake Woebegon _all_ the children are above average.

  2. If 55% say they’re smarter than the average, and if the distribution is symmetric and bell-curvey, then only 5% are wrong. And those 34% who think they’re “about as smart” are mostly within one standard deviation, so they’re not really all that wrong either.


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