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Average Americans Think They're Smarter Than the Average American

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by CrashTheBoards, Dec 17, 2014.

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What percentage of Americans are dumber than you?

  1. 99%

    26 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. 95%

    7 vote(s)
    10.8%
  3. 90%

    8 vote(s)
    12.3%
  4. 75%

    13 vote(s)
    20.0%
  5. 50%

    6 vote(s)
    9.2%
  6. 25%

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 10%

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 5%

    5 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. CrashTheBoards

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    http://www.nationaljournal.com/dome...re-smarter-than-the-average-american-20140512
     
  2. Mr. Clutch

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    Only 55%?

    This isn't much news IMO.
     
  3. Cannonball

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    Agreed. Roughly half the people think they're smarter than the average person? That doesn't seem ridiculous to me. If it were 70% or higher, then you might have a story.
     
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  5. CrashTheBoards

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    70% of the population falls in the 90-110 IQ range. We are not talking about the median, but the average.
     
  6. dback816

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    Except the results based on income show the exact opposite.
     
  7. Exiled

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    It's depend on how the poll is conducted, if for instance the poll said : how confidante are you, the result might be close to 55% of the population feel that way.
     
  8. Mr. Clutch

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    You think anyone here knows what "median" means?
     
  9. fchowd0311

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    They should. It's a middle school level concept.
     
  10. Blurr#7

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    You think anyone here can decipher these letters you wrote?
     
  11. Mr. Clutch

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    The mean person can.
     
  12. Bäumer

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    Where is Faust when you need him?
     
  13. JuanValdez

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    Plus or minus a 5% margin of error.
     
  14. Mr. Clutch

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    "Possibly 50% of people think they're smarter than average" isn't much of a headline.

    Hence they went with the sensationalistic one.
     
  15. Dairy Ashford

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    Assuming he's in the right mode.
     
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    Imz smarzter den ervbdy on dis forim
     
  17. Space Ghost

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    Too bad intelligence isn't measured on a linear scale.

    But for the sake of the article, Americans are pretty far behind compared to many of our European and Asian counterparts.
     
  18. CrashTheBoards

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    What everyone needs to takeaway from this thread:

    -45% of the D&D users who voted think they are smarter than 99% of the population.
    -51% of the D&D users who voted think they are smarter than 95% of the population.
    -64% of the D&D users who voted think they are smarter than 90% of the population.
    -79% of the D&D users who voted think they are smarter than 75% of the population.
    -91% of the D&D users who voted think they are smarter than 50% of the population.

    Keep in mind, the D&D is one of the smaller sub-forums.
     
  19. Gutter Snipe

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    I guess you should have made this an open poll. I'd like to see the reasoning or justification behind people's answers.

    A smart person would have anticipated the results of the poll and given all of us smarty-pants more options between 90% and 99%. Looking at our poll results, I'd say that it's probably true that 91% of D&D voters in this poll are smarter than 50% than the population. The 99% one probably isn't as close to being true though.:grin:
     
  20. Jontro

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    But I bet I can outrun most of you.
     

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