The average American thinks they are smarter than the average American
Study looked at how gender, race and wealth affected perceptions of intelligence
A fascinating study into self-perception has found that 55 percent of Americans think they are more intelligent than the average American, a sort of self-defeating statistic that in other words means the average American thinks they are smarter than the average American.
The poll by research organisation YouGov also found that just 34 percent of US citizens thought they were of equal smarts as everyone else, while a brutally honest 4 percent said they felt less intelligent than most people.
Looking at how perceptions of one's own intelligence is affected by gender, the study also showed that men are 24 percent more likely than women (15 percent) to say they are "much more intelligent" than most Americans, as are white people compared to hispanic and black people.
There are interesting disparities when wealth is taken into account too. When asked about US citizens collectively, people who make less than $40,000 a year are more likely to say Americans are intelligent, while those who make over $100,000 are much more likely to say they are unintelligent.
The National Journal notes that past research has shown that western cultures have a habit of inflating their self-worth, and the opinions expressed in the study may have more to do with pride than actual brainpower.
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Which country would be hardest to invade?
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
UK weather: Severe weather warning for snow and torrential rain over bank holiday weekend
Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...