President Obama has a clear lead among Internet users when we asked the question "Which Candidate for President do you think has the higher IQ?" Respondents selected Obama over Governor Romney by a 3-1 margin, 74-26 percent.
Strangely, 27 percent of people who chose Obama said it is because he graduated from Harvard, seemingly unaware that Romney also graduated from Harvard. To control for this, we conducted another survey that prefaced the earlier question with: "Knowing that Obama obtained a JD from Harvard and Romney obtained a JD/MBA from Harvard…"
When the group knew about both candidates' Harvard backgrounds, the results were closer, with Obama edging Romney by a 3-2 margin, 60-40 percent. One commentor who picked Romney said: "Getting both a JD and an MBA seems like it would take a lot of brain power."
In our survey to gauge perception of the Vice Presidential candidates, one respondent claimed: "Ryan seems a lot smarter than Obama and Biden combined." But in the end, the Democratic ticket has the highest perceived IQ, with Biden leading Ryan almost 2-1 at 64-34 percent.
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