President Trump is a self-proclaimed “very stable genius,” who says he’s “like, really smart,” and he has a history of boasting about his high IQ and challenging others to IQ tests. Of course, we don’t know his IQ, at least not yet. But even if he is as smart as he claims, would that make him a better president?
You might think the obvious answer is yes. After all, cognitive capacity is the single best predictor of job performance across a wide range of occupations. But the relationship between IQ and presidential greatness, while present, is not necessarily large.
How to estimate presidential IQ
In a 2006 study, the psychologist Dean Keith Simonton assessed presidential intelligence by asking independent judges to rate presidents’ personality traits from George Washington through Ronald Reagan using 300 descriptors extracted from biographical sources. Simonton’s statistical analysis of these 300 descriptors identified 14 distinct personality dimensions, including one that encompasses such items as “intelligent,” “wise” and related traits. This measure of presidential intelligence was related to features of their biographies, to earlier assessments of presidential intelligence by other scholars, and to personality traits known to be linked to intelligence in the general population.
Simonton used these estimates …read more
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