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article imageAverage Americans think they're smarter than average Americans

By Jessie McMullen     May 13, 2014 in Science
Most Americans have no problem bragging about their intelligence compared to other Americans and most believe they are smarter than average.
According to a survey done by YouGov, 55 percent of Americans believe that they are smarter than the average American. The survey clearly shows that over half of American citizens have no problem saying they are smarter than the average American.
Thirty-four percent of unpretentious Americans say they are about as smart as everyone else, while a mere 4 percent of people say they are less intelligent than most. Twenty-four percent of men say they are "much more intelligent" than they average American, while only 15 percent of women say the same.
According to the survey, white people are more likely than Hispanics and African-Americans to say they are smarter.
People who make less than $40,000 a year are more likely to say that their fellow Americans are intelligent, while those who make more than $100,000 a year a more likely to say that their fellow Americans are unintelligent.
Those who recognize themselves as gifted and/or talented often tend to underestimate their abilities, while those who do not think of themselves as gifted and/or talented overestimate their abilities.
According to research done by Pearson in 2014, the U.S. ranks 14th in the overall index of cognitive skills and educational attainment.
Twenty-eight percent of high school graduates say they are "slightly more intelligent" than the average person. Only 1 percent of people with a doctoral degree say they are "much less intelligent" than average.
Although degrees and income do not measure intelligence, they relate to one's ability to say they are smarter than others. Gender and race are other factors that relate to bragging about brilliance.
These results come as no surprise. Research shows that Western cultures, especially Americans, have no problem boasting about their self-glorification.
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