Wednesday, June 21, 2017

High IQ Jews are extremely pro-choice

Continuing on the subject of Jewish opinions on abortion, the level of support among Jews scoring 9 or 10 on the GSS 10-question Wordsum vocabulary test, indicating an IQ of over 120, ratchets my surprise up another level.

The percentage of high IQ Jews who say a woman should be able to obtain an abortion "if she wants it for any reason", relative to the rest of the native-born Jewish population and to comparable groups of goyim:

While pro-choice positions are correlated positively with IQ, that alone does not explain the strong Jewish tolerance for abortion. Jews with IQs under 120 are significantly more supportive of abortion than are non-Jews with IQs over 120.

Recall that this is the most permissive type of abortion the survey asks about. It is abortion on demand, anytime, anywhere, for any reason. Cold feet 35 weeks in, against the visceral protestations of the would-be father? That appears at least permissible in the eyes of an overwhelming number of high IQ Jews. 

For a thoughtful list of reasons why this is the case from a Jew who is among that overwhelming majority, see here.

GSS variables used: BORN(1), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), WORDSUM(0-8)(9-10), ABANY


legateofjudea said...

Actually, this is inaccurate. I wouldn't support abortion for someone who gets cold feet after 35 weeks. However, I would have much faith in government to determine when that had been the case. I dispute the word fanatic as well.

Audacious Epigone said...

Legate of Judea,

That is unnecessary word choice. Changed it to sound less inflammatory.

Anonymous said...

That is the same abortion approval rate your other post showed for all Jews. Is it a typo?

Audacious Epigone said...


No, it's a coincidence. Anytime I use wordsum results I exclude respondents who weren't born in the US to avoid confounding from issues with language fluency. As it happens, native born Jews are more pro-choice than are foreign-born Jews living in the US, 80% and 73%, respectively.

Epo Nymous said...

High IQ = evolutionarily novel behaviors

legateofjudea said...

Epo Nymous - it depends what you mean by novel. I have have the good fortune to meet people whom I consider among the best minds of our time. People who took techniques from physics and transfered them to the world of pharmaceutical design. Great doctors, scientists and politicians. I never came across someone who I felt had really surpassed Plato. I'm not aware of any genes that are responsible for intelligence having been found that have evolved in the last few thousand years. I would define novel as something that has occurred within the last one hundred generations. Perhaps those genes have become more common since Plato's day. It is hard to say what occurred before that due to the scarcity of written records, but I don't believe we are witnessing novel behavior any more. I think it has likely become more common.