Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's

Does your IQ match your values?: Image via AFreeIQTestDoes your IQ match your values?: Image via AFreeIQTestThe March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, poses the theory that the more intelligent people are, the more likely it is for them to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values in response to the challenges of the times. 

Kanazawa says that humans are evolutionarily programmed to be conservative - to care mostly about family and friends, to believe in a supernatural power or God because of their paranoia about what they perceive as "unnatural" phenomenon, and, for men, to be polygamous.

"General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Kanazawa. "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles."

Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Study) support all three of Kanazawa's theories. 

Students (grades 7 through 12) who identified themselves as "very liberal" show an average IQ of 106 during adolescence, while those who identified themselves as being "very conservative" had an average IQ of 95 during adolescence.

Those who identified themselves as "not at all religious" had an average IQ of 103 at adolescence; those that reported being "very religious" had average IQs of 97.

As to monogamy, though the preliminary press information does not provide the exact IQ levels, the information does indicate that there was corroborative IQ data among males, with those valuing male exclusivity scoring higher on the IQ tests than the males favoring male polygamy. Kanazawa's argument is that exclusivity is a novel evolutionary value for men.  Females do not show an IQ difference based on exclusivity values, but Kanazawa did not expect that they would.

Stay tuned for the full report in the March Issue of the Social Psychology Quarterly!


Sources: American Sociological Association via; AddHealth



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Mar 2, 2010
by Anonymous

Fascism is NOT on the Right.

Fascism is NOT on the Right. It is on the Left. It is distinguishible from Communism by only two factors: 1) Nationalism to the point of Chauvinism; and, 2) Racism.

YOU -- falsely -- place those two characteristics on the right. Racism is, historically, more evident on the Left, and, though it exists across the ENTIRE political spectrum, it is a fundamental element of only two Government/Political structures: Fascism and Communism. Both of which are far-left Statisms.

By the way, if you think that there are no examples from Stalin, Lenin, Marx, Engels, Mao, Guevarra, Castro, etc. etc. -- perhaps you could pull your head out of your butt long enough to do the TINIEST bit of research into it.

Mar 4, 2010
by Anonymous

Dumb conservatives...

It's funny how many conservatives feel threatened by this.

The study is more complete than what this article shows, but you guys fail at doing some research on your own.

It is obvious that atheists and liberals are smarter, since we are the ones that rely on evidence instead of believing fairy tales.

Or is someone who doubts evolution, because it is just a theory, smart at all?

Mar 4, 2010
by Anonymous

By the way....

The sample was taken from teenagers, but the political and supernatural ideology was asked many years after their IQ tests were done.

So basically this tests show that smarter people are less likely to believe in fairy tales, and less likely to be politically stupid (i.e conservatives).

Mar 7, 2010
by Anonymous

I think <i>you'd</i> be hard pressed, anonymous.

I think you would, to be able to spell atheist correctly. Also, to actually go and read anything that Einstein ever said or wrote, because it doesn't need any amount of study to know that Einstein didn't believe in a God-creator and was not religious.

Mar 10, 2010
by Anonymous


Choosing Einstein to prove the study a farce is a brilliant choice, since the feeble minded will not note how tiny is the study population that you have identified.

Mar 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Black and White vs Grey

Well if that doesn't prove the study wrong I don't know what! Could it be that there are exceptions in each camp? No, that would imply that there is grey area...

Mar 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Wrong information

The information about the sample is wrong. The IQ was measured on students but the identification of liberal or conservative was done 7 years later.
I can only recommend to read the actual article of Kanazawa, because the information given here is far too abridged and at some points wrong.

Apr 19, 2010
by Anonymous

Ummmm, Einstein WAS an atheist...

I've read two biographies on him. Many people believe he was some level of "believer" because he used the word "God" to describe the unknown--for instance, when he said "God does not play dice," it was his tongue-and-cheek way of saying "the UNIVERSE does not play dice." In other words, nothing is chance. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Apr 27, 2010
by Anonymous

They were definitely

They were definitely speaking about average IQ's, not your IQ specifically.

Jul 12, 2010
by Anonymous


"Kanazawa says that humans are evolutionarily programmed to be conservative (...) and, for men, to be polygamous."

Aaaaand already we're in idiot territory. Apart from characterizing caring about friends and family as conservative (because liberals would leave them to die?), here comes the patriarchal bullshit. Women with sexual agency? Perish the thought!

Jul 24, 2010
by Anonymous

IQ is not static

it's not unusual for IQ to drop with age.

Jul 24, 2010
by Anonymous


my IQ tested between 160-170 (and on the high end) when I first entered school. (was tested because I had a unusual speech pattern that required some work to correct)

didn't become political till the Bush years, but yea i'm very liberal and very atheist now. science need to take back it's own. otherwise your giving nukes to apes which is unwise for obvious reasons.

kind of silly really. not even the plot line of religion holds water.

Aug 8, 2010
by Anonymous

The conservative butthurt

The conservative butthurt here is delicious.

Sep 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Wow, nice lie

How do we know you're full of it? Because you, in your lying rant didn't bother to research even what IQ is. IQ is fluid intelligence, ie the brains ability to process new information and make connections. Basically, its not the memorization of knowledge, but the processing of information. Higher IQ means you process things more quickly.

But where we know you're lying, most likely to prove a point to say "Oh I was a smart kid, now I'm a smarter adult and NOW I'm conservative" is that IQ doesn't change greatly throughout a lifetime. In fact, the way it is truly measured typically means it DROPS OFF as you reach adulthood. 120 to 118? Yeah it is most likely. 120 to 122...hey that could happen when you factor in the margin of error on any test. But 120 to 140? That just means your a bold faced liar (wow, way to fit into the conservative stereotype of lying and creating false "facts" to prove your point).

So, NO, it isn't standard for most conservatives. In fact, its not standard for any human beings. Please actually stop making stuff up to try to look like you have an IQ above 100. Which, as we are now forced to guess, you don't.

Its not saying YOU are an idiot. Its saying the AVERAGE is slightly higher in liberals. If you don't like having evidence thrown in your face that liberals tend to have a higher IQ, then ignore it.

So, sir, you are a liar. Pants are on fire. So, one must assume by your lying, your argument is completely moot and thrown out the window and now its just a long sentence of blah blah blah. As you would say, your entire argument attempting to debate is... GARBAGE.

Feb 2, 2011
by Anonymous


Everyone is so negative about this article (at least on pg 1). This is a summary of a study, it doesnt contain all the raw data which might answer many of issues you guys use to discredit the article ie study size. Just because the article does not put all the information in your face doesnt mean the article is "bad science." The article also clearly states the AVERAGE iq is higher that doesnt mean that a conservative can't have an iq higher than 100 or liberal lower than 100. To be clear im only responding to the comments i read which don't make sense. for those people that want to believe that this article is fake or a plot to further a political agenda, you might be right it probably wouldnt be the first time. Understanding the scientific process wouldnt hurt however just because the article is a scientific study doesnt mean its 100% true. It's an experiment, it has results, they are documented. Mocking science as a whole is ignorant.

Nov 30, 2011
by Anonymous

Insignifigant numbers in the data

The top 1% may lean slightly to the left , but the bottom 20% with the lowest I.Q's is dominated by left wing liberals by a 2-1 margin.

Dec 6, 2011
by Anonymous

He was basicaly a Pantheist.

He was basicaly a Pantheist. Although, most would define an athiest as someone who doesn't believe in religion or a personal god figure, so by that definition he was very much so. His beliefs also mimic some of the same philosophies of Buddhism, which is technically a godless religion, in that it believes we are all part of a single consciousness, and one with the universe.

-Direct Quotes-
-"I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."

-"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism."

-"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms."

-"The idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously."

-"One strength of the Communist system ... is that it has some of the characteristics of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion."

*These things are very easy to look up on google if you take the time.

Dec 6, 2011
by Anonymous

I think it was mostly

I think it was mostly because Bush's brother was the governor of Florida then. Conspiracies, conspiracies.

Dec 6, 2011
by Anonymous

It's pretty sad that

It's pretty sad that Einstein worked hard his whole life to become the legend that he was and assholes are going around calling him a conservative and religious person. Do some google work fellas, read his own words and not another person's words about him. I sure hope dickheads don't go around saying I was something I wasn't after I'm dead. The truth is often annoying, get over yourself.

Jan 11, 2012
by Anonymous

"liberal" are clearly less intelligent

Except your comment is completely off base! Self described "liberals" actually have higher per-capita income and are more likely to hold both a college degree and post-graduate degree than conservatives. I won't argue IQ, but it's fairly obvious that the more liberal northern states have better educational standards than most in the deep south that also happen to vote most conservative. Massachusetts vs. Mississippi? Connecticut vs. Kentucky? Rhode Island vs. Alabama? Anyone?

Now the argument about "Democrats" being less intelligent may hold some water but your assertion that lower income, higher abortion and divorce rates, etc correlates with liberals is dead wrong. It actually correlates more with, sadly, minorities. Most African Americans, to use one example of what you were dodging around but probably going for, don't think of themselves as traditionally "liberal" however even though they vote heavily Democratic. On the contrary is we use religion as one example to scale liberalism than blacks are a more religious group, in general, than whites are, and CERTAINLY more religious than self described liberals...

Jan 13, 2012
by Anonymous


Einstein: "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends
which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."

Einstein celebrated his Jewish cultural roots, but also said, "For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."

Jan 19, 2012
by Anonymous

Don't hate on something just because you don't like it

Look, the lady did a peer reviewed study. I'm sure it wouldn't have been published if it had been found to have an inadequate sample size, etc. You're drawing conclusions as to the accuracy of the study because you don't like the results. Spewing anger about something/someone that/who's not to your liking is a stereotypical "stupid Republican" thing to do - so don't. She's not saying "All conservatives are stupid," she's saying, "My studies indicate that the average Democrat and/or atheist is more intelligent than the average Republican and/or religious person." We both know you're intelligent enough to know the difference.

Feb 4, 2012
by Anonymous

keep in mind that atheists

keep in mind that atheists are 3% of the population

Feb 20, 2012
by Anonymous


Even if he WASN'T an atheist, this article isn't saying that Einstein was intelligent because he was an atheist. It was articulating that the MAJORITY of atheists are more intelligent than the MAJORITY of Christians. Einstein has actually nothing to do with this article, as far as I can tell. It isn't religion or lack thereof that causes one to be intelligent, but conversely, intelligence and a will to learn the truth that governs religious beliefs. Atheists are usually more intelligent because they wish to learn the truth about the universe that surrounds them. Christians willingly accept their religious beliefs without question. With a bit of skepticism and logical thinking, lack of empirical evidence disproves most gods' existence. More atheists make up the more intelligent percentage of the population, but religious nuts are in there as well as an even smaller percentage; if they would just be a bit more skeptical and actually look into what they believe in, the atheist percentage for higher intelligence would be even higher. So, regardless of whether Einstein was a Christian or not, he was still intelligent, but if he'd looked at evidence against Christianity and truly thought about his religion without blindly accepting it and making reasons for why this god could exist, he would definitely not have believed in the Christian god.

Mar 16, 2012
by Anonymous


I love all these blatant lies of "My IQ was 192 when I was around 11 and I am really conservative!".

Mar 22, 2012
by Anonymous

i'm sure that i've heard

i'm sure that i've heard something more ludicrous in my life.......but i can't remember what it was.

Apr 24, 2012
by Anonymous


He was when he was younger, but embraced belief as he approached old age. Still, I don't know if Einstein is in the infogram as evidence of atheism, or just that whenever anyone says "IQ", graphics folks feel compelled to put in a picture of Einstein.

Apr 24, 2012
by Anonymous

And yet,

And yet, you aren't aware that the plural of anecdote is not data.

Jul 4, 2012
by Anonymous


Do you know what "average" is? I would reevaluate your IQ