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CBS News FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, singer Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the “Best Female Video” award during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)

An IQ survey for Australian and New Zealand job finding agency The Job Factory found that Kanye West fans had a lower IQ than fans of every other singer or group in the study. The same test revealed that Taylor Swift fans are smarter than Kanye West fans.  And here’s a topper:

gia on the move musicAdele fans had the highest IQs.

The survey found that the average IQ of Kanye West fans was 84, at the very low side of normal on the IQ scale. The average IQ in Australia and the USA is 98. In the UK it is 100.

The survey found that while West does have many fans with high IQs, on average, his fans are among the least intelligent.

ARTIST AVERAGE IQ
Justin Bieber 94
Beyonce 96
Taylor Swift 99
Adele 105
Coldplay 102
One Direction 94
Kanye West 86
Rihanna 96
Sia 101
Ed Sheeran 102
Australian/USA average 98
New Zealand average 99
UK average 100
SCORE WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN
40 – 54 Severely challenged (Less than 1% of test takers)
55 – 69 Challenged (2.3% of test takers)
70 – 84 Below average
85 – 114 Average (68% of test takers)
115 – 129 Above average
130 – 144 Gifted (2.3% of test takers)
145 – 159 Genius (Less than 1% of test takers)
160 – 175 Extraordinary genius

The survey of 498 former clients of The Job Factory involved asking the same 25 IQ questions to all participants. At the end of the survey, the job seekers were asked to nominate their favorite singer or group from of a list of 10.

Background

Modern IQ testing stems from the work of psychologist Henry Goddard. The test was used to test basic intellectual functions in school children and to support mental health diagnoses.

Goddard controversially argued that adults with low IQs shouldn’t procreate.

 

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