Study: Fox ‘News’ viewers have an IQ that’s 20 points lower than the U.S. National average


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.

The example used to explain similarities between less intelligent animals and less intelligent humans is pretty hilarious:

Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, “Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It’s a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn’t know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them.” He continues, “Fox News’ content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent.”

This is exactly how I picture Fox viewers: barking at vacuums. Unfortunately for the rest of us, “The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans.”

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59 thoughts on “Study: Fox ‘News’ viewers have an IQ that’s 20 points lower than the U.S. National average

  1. Makes the “dumbing down of America” a real thing, doesn’t it. Reading this article, I found myself saying “I already knew that, but didn’t understand the what/why of it.

    • Oh yeah, you’re pretty smart. You might try and look up the “Intelligence Institute”. If it existed you should go there as you need some.

  2. Sadly I know some intelligent people who have clearly been dumbed down by a couple of years of anti-Obama reporting. Shows the damage that Fox is doing to this country.

      • Wow, did you really just say that?! That is beyond insensitive to mentally deficient people. Not to mention the fact that it shows just how uneducated you are. While we’re talking about disabilities, can you please tell me why the GOP voted down a bill that was proposed by a fellow, well respected conservative concerning the international treatment of the disabled?

      • …your response is typical of what I’d expect from conservative. (that’s if you’re really a conservative. Hell, you might a liberal trolling the board.)
        It’s so stereotypically absurd that it reads as parody.

      • Never mind about the insult itself, I’m scratching my head to figure out what this even has to do with my original comment. I guess I should be getting used to non sequiturs by now…

  3. I believe that this is a hoax. There is, so far as I can tell, no “Intelligence Institute.”

  4. Ha! Ha! Ha! “Intelligence Institute.” What a joke! You know what I like? I like that all you “open minded” liberals believe this crap. Talk about low IQs! Obama has blown so much smoke up your collective asses you’ll believe anything, particularly what HE says. You people really need to get a grip. Get smart. You know what I mean? Ha! Ha! Ha! What idiots. “Intelligence Institute.” Ha! Ha! Ha! Maybe you need to sit out the next election if this is how easy it is to fool you. You know like “Hope and Change”. “Intelligence Institute.” Ha! Ha! Ha!

  5. The channel that carries Fox News here also has most of the animated cartoons and ads directed to gullible consumers (short-term loans, franchised used car sales, and late-night “get rich quick” pitches).

    • It is very convenient for the hucksters and snake-oil salesmen that fox has collected the rubes together in one place.

    • So is that an admission that you wait until the adult section of the broadcast is over and catch the cartoons?

      Just asking…

  6. Nice snark at the end but these results (and I believe them) are simply what you will find caused by effective target marketing. If you survey Sesame Street viewers, you will discover that they are younger than the average age of Americans. Likewise, more men than women watch mixed martial arts.

    Fox has simply successfully targeted a specific segment of the American population. Our only hope politically is that there are more smart than stupid Americans.

    • Fox News is entertainment rather than news. BUT, this is a HOAX. Being willing to believe what is OBVIOUSLY untrue makes one not much smarter than those being panned in the supposed “study” — which, btw, if actually conducted could not possibly have measured IQ. There is NO nonprofit org called The Intelligence Institute.

      • If that was the case then tell me this… why are all the other supposed News Medias under a waiver of freedom of the press, to allow the Gov. control so the C.I.A. can come in and adjust all the media to secure their side of the story with no questions asked as they accept a liberal pay check and FOX was the only MSM not to take the offer? Why as well where the Gov. trying to force “News” out of their name for reasons as you stated but sadly shut down of the abilities when a Superior Court judge threw the case out of the court because NBC and Right wing Gov. couldnt supply the evidence it takes to do these things? Also the Gov. failed to ban fox from their board meetings that when it comes down to it, ARE more entertainment then reality cause it’s all just there to appease stupid people that believe the Gov. is out to be honest, for the fact they wanted to push a “Fake news reputation” on FOX that clearly does not exist because out of all of them FOX is the ones that aren’t out to appease the Gov, Don’t accept a Gov. paycheck to allow the CIA to rig their stories and are the only ones that don’t cater to the weak minded that want Gov. socialist control on everything so they don’t have to do any legwork and they can get free phones.

        FOX as any might get bad info some times but at least they don’t call others lyars while taking Gov paychecks to allow the Goiv to do the lying for them. Now THATS entertainment.

    • You can kiss your hope goodbye.

      It is the absolute genius of Karl Rove; exploit the stupid for political gain with manufactroversy.

      They’ll believe literally anything as long as it’s preposterous, and repeat it as fact in great numbers.

      You can ask a leading question and the stupid will accept it like an answer someone read it to them from the Bible.

      His enormous success in tricking the stupid to vote contrary to their own best interests suggests that technique is going to have to run out of stupid people before we see the end of it.

  7. Our only hope politically is that there are more smart than stupid Americans“…

    Like the brainiacs that not only voted for the Kenyan Kommie Klown once but twice?

    Yeah, that was right smart move…

      • You know?Old people watch fox,and poor people,it is the one or two channels you would recieve if you live in a trailer,and have no cable or internet or any other source of information.Like another posted a bit ago they have cartoons and unaccredieted “tech” schools and reverse mortgages.Then they have their “fair and balanced” newsish entertainment.Oh yeah and Cheeeeeeeep insurance for people who should’nt drive.NEWS INDEED.

    • See what happens when you tell the truth on a libtard site? they vote you down hopping more dumbasses will see it and think you’re stupid.

      As libtards love to say “If you tell a lie long enough and over and over again people will start to think it’s true.

  8. While Fox News is for dummies, so is reprint bs without checking it out. Simply reprinting and then believing this crap puts one in the same boat as the dummies this hoax is making fun of. There is no nonprofit org called “The Intelligence Institute” and the “study” described could not possibly measure IQ. Who is dumb?

      • Nah — It doesn’t take supporting any particular candidate to make someone dumb. I’ve seen a lot of dumb people of every political persuasion; however, most have gravitated to the far right of the political spectrum.

      • All of the truly dumb people that i know (every one knows a few,so don’t lie)diddn’t vote at all.Who you vote for does not make one dumb.Voting in itself is exactly what smart people do.Intelligence on the other hand,i know intelligent people who diddn’t vote, and that(expecially this time)is dumb.


        Remember the non profit studies on Romneys plans? Turned out one Professor Rosen who was Obamas pride and joy had to call out on NObama for the lies he used to misrepresent his study. As it also turned out the other 5 studies that Romney called NObama out during the first debate about being claimed as “Non-profit” but actually paid by left wing organizations funded by the Libtard thug committees, NObama didn’t have the balls to answer for. So it’s obvious Libtard media will stoop to any BS lie to get their way and only low IQ pinheads listen to their crap and think it’s reality.

        Just saying.

  9. I cannot find a link to this study and although there is an organization called the ‘Intelligence Institute’ there is no mention of this study on their site. Believing everything you read just because it conforms to your pre-conceived notions is exactly the kind of behavior progressives accuse conservatives of. We need to be better than that.

  10. linda claims: “I’ve seen a lot of dumb people of every political persuasion; however, most have gravitated to the far right of the political spectrum“…

    Hmmm, flawed powers of observation, eh?

    BTW if you had followed the links from the Yahoo news story you to could’ve easily debunked it all…

    Now I have a pretty good idea why you lean left, not much in the way of skeptical thinking…

  11. This so called “intelligence Institute” is not a non profit,and it looks like some crazy business crank think tank for sucking up resources and Grants probably other margnal unimportant crap ,like this funny.Sunday entertainment.Just becuase sombody clicked had a funny,now it some how means that you ar stupid or you belive everything you hear,I don’t think anybody is doing their Senior thesis or dissertation on this “study”,it is you know funny,makes you grin nobody wants to fight with you.

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  13. I don’t know if the mod will permit the truth, but I’ll try to post this.
    It’s even worse than you think. Generally Blacks on average have a lower IQ on average than Whites on average. In the USA, if one assigns the test scores of Whites on average at 100, then Blacks on average, a hundred years of unbiased tests consistently show will come in with an IQ at abut 80-85.

    I can’t imagine many Blacks watching Fox. Thus the average Fox watcher is probably only half as intelligent as the average White watcher of other news programs.

    What I don’t understand is why the pundits keep saying more folk should vote. We’d be a lot better off if a smaller percentage of the population voted. That smaller percentage would include fewer Fox viewers. who are so dumb, they have trouble finding their polling station. Let’s stop encouraging them to vote.

    Also, candidates would not have to spend weeks and trillions trying to get the votes of “undecided” voters, who are undecided because they have no interests of any kind and because they are dumber than Fox viewers.

    • “What I don’t understand is why the pundits keep saying more folk should vote. We’d be a lot better off if a smaller percentage of the population voted. That smaller percentage would include fewer Fox viewers. who are so dumb, they have trouble finding their polling station.”

      I’d like to see that study or report you read where Fox viewers can’t find the polling station. Also, it’s not the pun
      dits that want everybody to vote, it’s liberal Democrats. Eric Holder (you’ve heard of him I’m sure) wants automatic voter registration:

  14. It’s pretty rich that this blog and Yahoo and the Huff Post (where Yahoo got it apparently)is the same thing the left spends endless days and nights criticizing FOX News for. And Fox’s misdeeds in reporting are certainly no worse than CNN’s, CBS or NBC. No bitching about them on lefty blogs.

    I think that the bigger picture here is that partisans will believe anything out-of-hand as long as it fits their world view. Yes, you could even call them “stupid” for believing the very obviously fake of their fellow citizens. If not “stupid” at least very naive and not very worldly or even street smart.

    And then of course, there is always this:

  15. Well, isn’t this just kinda fun. This Pew study looks at the differences in knowledge between Democrats and Republicans and between conservatives and liberals. In general, this study (and others like it I have seen) find that Republicans and conservatives have a small edge in knowledge over their leftist counterparts. And guess what. This one isn’t fake!

  16. Not seeing to many of you liberal apparatchiks talking about the bogus study. Where did you all go?

  17. What a riot. Of course this is supposed to be humorous. Humor is based in fact, oftentimes.

    Stupidity is the cultivation of ignorance, and Fox Fraudcasting is a parade of ignorance, constantly making up stories (as this web site did) to foster the fears that keep their listeners clinging to their guns. The trouble is, when presented with verifiable facts, Fox devotees ignore, rationalize, and cling tighter to the ‘BS’ to avoid their greatest fear: cognitive dissonance.

    I give you substantiation is the simple words of the arsonist to the judge: “I only know what I hear of Fox news.”

    Quod Erat Demonstrandum

    • It’s funny you would say they make up stories when the Gov. them selves are always trying to shut them down and find they can’t get passed their own loop holes, ones that say it is illegal for a news station to call them selves “News” if their stories are made up. Sure Libtard media gets away with it but they take Governmental pay in order to bypass that law by allowing the C.I.A. to come up and audit their content to make it up for them, FOX was the only one that turned down the waiver or right to information and remain the only News organization that actually can get in trouble for lying, Unlike CNN who the only time one of there’s gets in trouble is when they finally get tired of red tape media and finally tell the truth as it comes. Libtard media also tried to help the libtard Government ban FOX from attending any meetings and that got turned down as well and I guess now it’s safe to say the ones doing the lying are also the ones doing Hoaxes like these, and most are made up from NBC and MSNBC staff and the first to air this garbage are CNN and their affiliates.

  18. Anytime NBC / Wall street Journal and a left wing college like MU who pay bribe donations to the liberal end of congress get involved in any studies of an organization and it’s followers that’s against libtrard media that take money from the government that allow a forfeit of freedom of information by allowing the C.I.A. to come in and audit their content to make any changes including cut and tape of film to change the content information can’t be trusted. Anybody that would even believe these sources and trust it coming from Yahoo News where Bill Gates is the biggest Governmental Nazi there is, have got to be the ones with a low IQ. I mean come on, the guy develops a chat site that was made to hack into peoples computers, there’s sites all over the place on how to hack Yahoo Chats created by Yahoo chats and a while back there was a site posted where Yahoo was looking to hire people that where yahoo chat hackers, so yeah Yahoo news is really the place to get coherent information right? My tail pipe! Here’s a study it don’t take a genius to figure out.

    Most people that go along with libtard media are those living off of gov paychecks begging for socialism, are so high up on the food chain they are begging for the ability to screw their workers, and those that are so out of touch with the real world thinking just cause Uncle told them a story while sitting on his lap thinking the thing popping up was the conversation, that it must be true. <—- LMAO Sorry for the MSNBC style jab.

    Anyway yeah, I think it's about time libtards get a real life and accept the constitution for what it really is, A lawful fair document created for those who want to make a life for them selves and not for lying moronic idiots that actually are dense enough to think these studies hold any merit just because their lazy D_Heads that feel just because they breath everyone owes them some thing.

    Good by losers!

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