NOVEMBER 18, 2011 1:56AM

Does Poll Prove That Republicans Are Dumber Than Democrats?

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Are all people that smoke cigarettes dumb?  No.  Are all non-smokers smart?  No.  But is smoking a dumb habit?  Yes.  Unless you think that a habit that costs $2,500 a year and shortens your life by ten to fifteen years is a good thing, I think we can all agree that smoking is dumb.

Ignoring individual cases and looking at the question as it applies to large groups of people, are smokers, in general, dumber than non-smokers?  Yes, according to a study conducted last year at Tel Aviv University.

A study led by Prof. Mark Weiser of Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychiatry and the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital has determined that young men who smoke are likely to have lower IQs than their non-smoking peers. Tracking 18- to 21-year-old men enlisted in the Israeli army in the largest ever study of its kind, he has been able to demonstrate an important connection between the number of cigarettes young males smoke and their IQ.


The average IQ for a non-smoker was about 101, while the smokers' average was more than seven IQ points lower at about 94, the study determined. The IQs of young men who smoked more than a pack a day were lower still, at about 90.


A Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index conducted earlier this year ranked each state in the country based on the percentage of people that smoke.


The top ten smoking states (including ties) are Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. 


In 2008 Barack Obama carried only Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana.  In the 2004 election John Kerry carried none of these states.


Conversely, the ten states (also including ties) with the lowest percentage of smokers are Oregon, Idaho, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, and Utah. 


The only red states in this group are Utah, Idaho, and North Dakota and if you consider that Utah and Idaho have large Mormon (non-smoking) populations, North Dakota is the only true red state in the bottom ten.


If smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the states with the highest percentage of smokers vote Republican, it only stands to reason that Republicans are dumber than Democrats, right?


Maybe this explains how multimillionaires like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are able to persuade middle and lower class Republicans to vote for the interests of the wealthy rather than their own interests.


Of course the way that elected leaders from both parties are bought and paid for by special interest groups, and basically ignore most of our best interests, aren't we all a little dumb for believing that the next election will be different?


Yes, I think that we are.

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Well done, I smoke so y'm nut vury sxhmart.
No we can't all agree that smoking is dumb. Unless other activities that give pleasure and carry a physical monetary cost are dumb. Skiing anyone? Horse-back riding? Extreme sport? What IS, I suspect, dumb - but just a sign that you are dedicated to your religion of leftism, not lacking IQ per se, is to take such studies at face value and make an extrapolation from there. You are also wrong about this dangerous habit's danger. It dies not shorten even the average smoker's life 15 percent, although 20 percent of smokers do have negative health consequences. And intellectual honesty demands you note the high cost of smoking is imposed by, for the most part, illiberals like you. If you'd stay out of other people's business, then smokers, the vast number of which in America are poor, would not be made poorer by your attemts to control what they choose to do.
Sorry- working on the move. Typo alert, my comment shoull have been "it does not shorten the smoker's life by 15 years...not percent"
I think this is a beautifully conceived, well written, informative, and cagily humorous essay.

I loved it.

Any static you get is well earned...and I hope you enjoy it as much as I think you will.

I don't think the next presidential will be different, no. But, I do think we could do something about our individual Congressional races. I really do. Maybe not dumb. Maybe just too idealistic? No, I really think we can.

Poor Barbara. She didn't get your piece, did she? How ironic. heh heh
Hey Roger, doesn't Obama smoke?
Some Israeli soldiers who smoke have lower IQ levels than some who don't.
Some states that have more smokers vote for Republicans more often.
Republicans are dumber than Democrats.

If you have "logic" like that, this is a subject you'd best stay clear of at least until you pass that "Logic 101" course.

Good God.
Probably the relevant polls are the ones asking the Earth's age.
hee hee Barbara still not there yet, eh? I'm sorry to get so much mirth out of it, but frankly, it's pretty funny. She's so angry!! heeheehee

Back to your actual point, I still think changing Congress is a reachable goal. Not an easy one, hell, no. But Congress is really the place that needs changing. Then, as day follows night, the Presidential race will eventually get candidates who don't represent corporations only. Obviously, this would be complicated. I don't even smoke, and I'm saddened by the reality of how long it would take and how much thinking would be involved.
Odette - I get it, really. I am only commenting on what the author is saying about smoking. I do comprehend that he goes on to make a larger point about others, including Democrats. That, however, does not negate - in my view - his taking this "study" and, against the laws of logic - extrapolating from there.
Barbara dear, it's tongue-in-cheek....a joke....understand now? Sheesh!