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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Barack Obama's IQ is ~116

An IQ guy attempts to work it out:

[T]hese are the facts concerning Obama's LSAT score while attending Law School at Harvard University. We do not know his actual LSAT score; however, after much research, we found that the average LSAT score for all Harvard students is 171. The percentile rank for an LSAT score of 171 at Harvard is 98.8%.

MENSA will accept LSAT scores as a means of qualifying for MENSA membership. (MENSA also accepts up to 200 various IQ tests and other tests of cognitive function as well.) The LSAT score required for MENSA membership is equal to a percentile of 95% or higher. Thus, basing Obama's estimated LSAT score of 171 ranks him in the top 98.8% (percent/percentile) range which is clearly above the lowest acceptable LSAT percentage rank of 95%, which clearly affirms that Obama has a qualifying intelligence quotient that would allow him acceptance into MENSA.

Since MENSA accepts various IQ Tests as well as other cognitive tests to qualify for MENSA membership it is safe to estimate that Obama's IQ Score could range anywhere from a low IQ score of 130 based on the Stanford Binet IQ Test, Revision 5, to a high IQ score of 148 based on the Cattell IQ Test.

What the IQ guy failed to account for is the fact that Harvard University practices affirmative action. PBS Frontline reports: "The gap in SAT scores persists even at the highest levels of achievement. A study of the 1989 applicants to five highly-selective universities found that white candidates' average combined SAT score was 186 points higher than the corresponding SAT average for African American applicants."

Furthermore, the New York Times reports that "At the best schools, by contrast, efforts to diversify the student body translate into a 400-point bonus for minority students on the SAT tests."

That 98.8 ranking, according to the average Harvard LSAT, translates to an estimated 138 IQ, which is equivalent to a combined pre-1996 SAT score of 1310. That's pretty good, if not spectacular. However, note that this very same 98.8th percentile is only 1290 when taken directly from the pre-1996 SAT. [There is a dichotomy between the reported 98.8 percentile IQ equivalence on the LSAT and the 98.8 percentile on the pre-1996 SAT. Since Mensa accepts the 95th percentile on the LSAT as evidence that one is in 98th percentile in intelligence, it's clear that the SAT-IQ conversion, based as it is on a broader population sample, is the more accurate and 1290 is the correct figure] Due to affirmative action, however, one must reduce that score by at least 186 points. (400 seems extreme; I suspect the NYT article is talking about the new SAT, which isn't valid for the purposes of this comparison.) Thus, giving Obama the benefit of the doubt drops his score to 1104, which is equivalent to an IQ of 116. That's not bad, but it is significantly less intelligent than Hillary's 140 IQ, as well as being lower than George W. Bush's 125 IQ (1206 SAT).

Before one points to the fact that Obama ranked highly in his class, it's important to keep in mind that Bill Bradley was a Princeton Rhodes Scholar despite his 485 Verbal SAT and mediocre 103 IQ. Academic success, like every other kind of success, is just as much about hard work and determination as it is about intellectual firepower, but Barack Obama's supporters obviously shouldn't be attempting to make their case for him on the basis of what is, based on the available information, probably an IQ of between 115 and 120, only one standard deviation above the norm. Of course, this estimate is based on averages which don't necessarily apply to a single individual; Obama could lay the matter to rest by simply permitting his scores to be released to the public.

If his intelligence is so incredibly important, as some of his more visibly insane supporters insist, then surely the senator should inform us precisely how intelligent he is. Because he demonstrates his ignorance and a less-than-impressive intelligence nearly every time he opens his mouth despite his handlers' attempts to retroactively fix his statements: "The fact that we have reached a point where the Federal Reserve felt it had to take this unprecedented step with the American Insurance Group is the final verdict on the failed economic philosophy of the last eight years."

First, AIG didn't fail because of the economic philosophy of the last eight years. Alan Greenspan goosed the markets by expanding the money supply while Clinton was president and Ben Bernanke has further loosened monetary policy since. Second, that "unprecedented step" was taken with the American International Group.

UPDATE - Upset Obama admirers should note two things. First, a 116 IQ still indicates an intelligence that is well above average. It's hardly an insult. Second, I am not a Republican, much less a McCain supporter, and have never even voted for a Republican for president.

UPDATE II - Obama graduated from my mother's alma mater, where everyone takes the various college prep tests. He was not a National Merit Scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist or an Outstanding Participant. This indicates a ceiling on his SAT percentile at 96.9, which indicates a maximum possible SAT score of 1230 and maximum IQ of 129.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Kaela Creighton March 16, 2012 2:42 PM  

I don't believe this. I'm like retarded and I score between 115-120 every. single. time. I've been assaulted, cyanided, bulimic and have schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, and I still managed a 116 on hardcore, psych drugs. Those IQ tests cannot be right. I'm pretty close to a vegetable. I don't even have emotions. I think that President Obama is much brighter than me.

Anonymous Anonymous June 27, 2012 11:44 AM  

Please excuse me if I'm misunderstanding but can we really rely on the correlation between standardized test scores when it comes to making assumptions about an individual's score? Of course on a general basis it works very well but I'm not so sure about individuals. I know several people who scored MUCH higher on the LSAT for example than they did on their SAT's, simply because they didn't study for the SAT but dedicated over 100 hours to the LSAT.

Additionally, one of the issues I have with affirmative action is that it kind of cheapens the achievement of minorities who did gain admission based solely on their achievement and not AA policies, since many people will always question whether they got in because of their merit or because of AA.

Blogger Sam Sewell July 26, 2012 4:37 PM  

ALSO: see this article I wrote on candidate IQ back in 2005.

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2005/06/09/little-acorns-and-mighty-oaks/

Anonymous Anonymous September 26, 2012 8:52 PM  

You err since the begining, you asume an average, you can't

Anyway it is simple, he is the first african american president, he is bright, coordinated, he can reach people.

Anonymous Anonymous October 01, 2012 5:49 PM  

He is far from bright, but he is a raving Communist.

OpenID psychohist October 05, 2012 10:39 PM  

Kaela, you can put together grammatical sentences with correct punctuation and spelling. That puts you above average in intelligence.

Anonymous Anonymous November 11, 2012 12:50 PM  

I scored a 150 on the Stanford-Binet Test when I was 50 years old. At that time the maximum score was 160. I also scored a 151 on the AGCT (Army General Classification Test) which had a 160 maximum score when I was inducted into the Army as a young man.
I particularly enjoy the methods employed by the creators of the various types of (*)Sat test makers with ever increasing top scores which give the false impression that the test takers are more brilliant than previous generations of test takers. Numbers lie and liars use numbers. In the long run, does it really matter?
* = pick a letter

Anonymous Cail Corishev November 13, 2012 2:59 PM  

Interestingly, I came to almost the same number, but with different reasoning. To sum up what I posted at iSteve a while back: people feel like Obama is a genius, which means about +2SD above average. If he were white, that'd put him at about 135. But he's black, so they're unconsciously comparing him to their expectations of blacks. +2SD above the black average would be about 115.

Blogger Barry January 10, 2013 4:19 PM  

It's really funny to see this, because he's repeatedly demonstrated the ability to whip GOP politicians in 1-1 or 1-many debates.

Anonymous Anonymous January 15, 2013 10:36 AM  

Barry, I guess you missed it, but Mr. Obama suffered the worst beating in a debate in the history of televised debates to Mr. Romney, who actually has a high IQ.

It's defintitely true that a high IQ is exhibited across the years, a person doesn't just suddenly get into Harvard Law and become a genius. I say that as a National Merit Scholarship student whose ACT score places me in Mensa. I've always excelled at standardized testing. What Mr. Obama did was attend Harvard while black and embracing the political beliefs of his Marxist professors. He used his Chicago leftist political connections via Franklin Davis, Willian Ayers and Alice Palmer to get into colleges via affirmative-action.

Anonymous Anonymous March 31, 2013 7:23 AM  

He has shown us all that he's a stupid,white trash,racist,nappy headed,Imbecile! You can derive his IQ from that. He can make the better marks in the knowledge a lie, (Leftist Ideologies),but that should only prove that he doesn't have the common sense to wipe his own @ss to believe that crap. He thinks he can heal the abuse and neglect that his father showed him by achieving his fathers (ahummm) "dreams". He is a sick sick person which I would not venture to call a man.

Anonymous Anonymous April 24, 2013 2:33 PM  

All Obama can do is open his big mouth and most the time he does not even know what he is talking about. He was not qualified to be president and he has sold America down the tubes.

Anonymous Anonymous May 07, 2013 11:59 PM  

His teleprompter has a much higher IQ than he does. Get him offscript and he will ramble for an hou and not answer a question.

Anonymous Anonymous May 08, 2013 3:04 PM  

Success in political terms has much less correlation with an individuals IQ than it does with their EQ. EQ is a measure of an individuals ability to empathize, or read emotions. I have a very high IQ but my EQ is very low and I find it very difficult to relate to or understand not only other peoples emotions, but many times my own. Half the world has a below average intelligence and someone with high EQ can manipulate a majority of these people through their emotions. An opinion formed through emotion is clinged to with much more tenacity than one reached through unbiased thought. This is why you see people fiercely defending President Obama, saying he is the smartest President ever, because he has successfully won their hearts. The danger of this being we all know the foolish things we do when we fall in love.

Anonymous Anonymous July 15, 2013 1:37 AM  

All these comments are anonymous even if there is a name put to it.

Anonymous Anonymous December 18, 2013 4:08 AM  

IQ are just like every other intelligence test, They are biased. Written by social psychologist . By biased I mean whom ever wrote the test wrote it in accordance to what they deemed to be important to ask . the Fact of the matter is. I am severely dyslexic. Also, I do not consider my self an overly intelligent person, I have some education, many years of life. I can not even say I am Normal what ever that means... Despite all of this my IQ test fall in the 113 range....I am sure it would of been higher if I were ask less math questions....I am no Rocket scientist ....Al Gore had a high IQ.....Need I say more?

Anonymous Anonymous January 24, 2014 9:07 PM  

I scored a 150 on the Stanford-Binet Test when I was 50 years old. At that time the maximum score was 160. I also scored a 151 on the AGCT (Army General Classification Test) which had a 160 maximum score when I was inducted into the Army as a young man.

You, Sir, have struck the proverbial nail directly on it's head. I'm a member of mensa, I also was a National Merit Scholarship Student based upon my PSAT score as a HS junior. I was an honor student in HS, and before that in grade school. And on every State/National test ever given me I scored in 98 or 99th percentiles in History/Science/English.

In other words, one does not simply take the LSAT test and suddenly out of the blue get recognized as a genius.

That is the problem with the leftist claim of Obama's high IQ. The man was a mediocrity. Then he somehow switched from Occidental (where he was a middling student by all accounts) to Columbia as a junior (something that I've been told is quite rarely allowed and most likely due to his race and possibly his being considered a foreign student). Mr. Obama achieved no honors at Columbia, he made no wave there at all.

But we are supposed to believe that somehow suddenly Obama achieved a high score (required by Whites/Asians) to get accepted to Harvard Law, and that A-Action had nothing to do with it. And then we are asked to believe that he suddenly performed at an honors level.

Of course his scores are hidden. They would show him to be an average black man, with scores that wouldn't compare with the standards that non-blacks are held to. And further more, because of his leftist politics and race, he, just like Justice Sotomayor was grooved through the institution because one of the goals of these institutions is to promote the creation of a minority elite.

We live in a time where it is a danger to proclaim the emperor has no clothes.

Anonymous Anonymous April 20, 2014 1:31 AM  

In daily life without a teleprompter, without writers, he demonstrates the highest IQ I have ever seen. He has much higher intelligence than any of the mud-slingers against him in a relentless campaign to lie about him. His thoughtful, ACCURATE comments terrify the ignorant. His skillful analysis terrifies the conservatives. Obama is a pure example of hibred vigor. The mixing of genes allows the best of both to surface. He cannot be defeated in logic so the opposition uses any lie, any half-truth, to smear the president. The behavior of those on FOX or Rush can not be seen as anything but treason. It is a harsh word but they are actively trying to demoralize the public. That is the definition of Sedition.
Obama is not a Socialist. He is a Christian who believes in the teachings of Jesus. It is clear that no one on FOX has ever read a word of Christ. It is disturbing that people who call themselves Conservatives are really activist terrorists. They are trying to destroy American. Real Conservatives try to make America stronger and better. It is sad that there seems to be no lie so vicious that these terroists will not believe it. Its heartbreaking that there is no lie so blatantly false that they will fact check it before they spread it further. Someday you should listen to WHAT Obama says instead of hating it in advance. You will then be able to accurately judge his true intelligence. Most haters know only what someone else has said because a hater is incapable of original thought about what it hates.

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