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Q: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: ericm115-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 04 Jan 2004 03:00 PST
Expires: 03 Feb 2004 03:00 PST
Question ID: 292960
There is a rumor circulating that George W. Bush's IQ is 91. Well, I
did some research and found that to be a number made up by some fake
organization. That is really inconsequential though. I'd like to know
his actual IQ. Just the number. If the question is hard to get an
answer for, but COULD produce a definate (or almost definate) number
for a higher price at some point, I MIGHT could do that... I'm a poor
college kid who is insanely curious though. All I want is the number.
Thanks so much for what y'all do.

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 04 Jan 2004 03:27 PST
I've located some web pages that estimate Bush's IQ based on his SAT
score. Would you be interested in that information?

Clarification of Question by ericm115-ga on 04 Jan 2004 10:29 PST
Thanks for the quick response. That will be fine actually. I didn't
expect any response at all. In your own opinion, do you think it woul
be possible to definatively find his actual IQ information if one day
I came back with the 200 level?
Subject: Re: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ
Answered By: juggler-ga on 04 Jan 2004 11:05 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Bush's SAT score was 1206 (566 Verbal, 640 Math). See the upper-left
corner of his Yale transcript:

This web page offers a theoretical conversion of pre-1974 SAT scores to IQ:

Based on that conversion chart, Bush's IQ would be about 129.

Another web page, "SQ, IQ, and self-skills in recent US Presidents"
mentions that Charles Murray, author of a book on IQ called "The Bell
Curve," compares a that SAT score to an IQ of about 125.

"On his SAT's, President GW Bush scored 566 verbal and 640 math, for a
total of 1206 (from ). The
Bell Curve author Murray estimates a 1206 SAT equates to about 125 IQ.

" Finally, when it comes to raw IQ, Bush is in the mid-range of
American Presidents. In 1999,  Charles Murray and I  calculated, based
on Bush's SAT score of 1206 (old-style scoring system), that his IQ
was probably about 125 or a little higher..."
source: Steve Sailer,


search strategy:
bush, iq
bush, "sat score"
bush, sat, 1206, iq

 As to whether the $200 price level would yield actual IQ information,
I don't know. You could give a try, but I suspect that a definitive
answer is unlikely unless an IQ score from Bush's elementary or prep
school days could be discovered. Such a score has apparently not
surfaced thus far, so it may never be found. It's unlikely that Pres.
Bush has taken any IQ tests since he finished school. And it's also
pretty unlikely that he'd be willing to sit down for a new IQ test

I hope this helps.
ericm115-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
More than helpful. I'd leave a tip but I really can't right now. Thank
you so much though.

Subject: Re: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ
From: nelson-ga on 04 Jan 2004 12:14 PST
Of course, we don't know whether someone took the test for him.
Subject: Re: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ
From: pcventures-ga on 06 Jan 2004 22:03 PST
I'm tired of otherwise intelligent people who call Bush "stupid" or a
"dummy."  I don't think you can become and the be a governor or
President without having at least average native intelligence.
 Part of the problem is that he does indeed suffer badly in that arena
when compared to his predecessor, Bill Clinton.
 I think most of the lack of intelligence attributed to Bush stems
from his inarticulate, sometimes doddering public speaking.  His
vocabulary isn't especially advanced, either. But to those who
criticize Bush's intelligence based on his verbal blunders, I would
reply that I'm sure they've also misspoken at times, and if someone
were to document them and edit them together, it wouldn't paint an
especially favorable picture.
 I'm not trying to say that he's been an especially good President,
that his policies are right-headed or anything else like that.
 I think it's intellectually lazy to dismiss a national leader as
"stupid" without looking beyond a collection of sound bites.
Subject: Re: George W Bush's ACTUAL IQ
From: expertlaw-ga on 07 Jan 2004 22:10 PST
George Bush has been confronting negative comments and allusions about
his intelligence for a long time. By now, they probably bother you
more than they bother him. If it gets to you, use his mother's retort
from the 2000 campaign: "He's dumb like a fox."

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