Claim: Study finds that persons of lower intelligence are more likely to support President
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
“Stupid people love Bush” new study proves
According to the prestigious Southern California think tank, The Gluton Group, stupid people prefer President
[Rest of article here.]
Origins: Every election cycle brings its share of subtle (and not-so-subtle) humor pieces proclaiming that measurements have determined one candidate’s intelligence to be much higher than another’s, or
that studies have found supporters of a particular candidate or party are, in general, significantly smarter as a group than supporters of the opposite party. It seems no satirical article that makes reference to a “study” (usually conducted by a fictitious academic or political group), no matter how broadly written, won’t be mistaken by some readers for a valid news report. (A similar item from 2001 fooled many a news publication and is still occasionally cited as a genuine by gullible reporters.)
The item excerpted above provides plenty of clues that it is satirical in nature (and about whom it’s satirizing): Besides its general premise regarding a supposedly inverse relationship between intelligence and support for President Bush, it also notes that persons with IQs in the
Last updated: 1 November 2004
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