Personality and IQ Estimates of the 2008 Presidential Candidates

Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:04 pm
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These are only personal estimates of the candidates, I do not know if they have ever taken IQ or Personality Tests.


Personality Type


Political Beliefs and Leadership Qualities


Barack Obama







Barack Obama has a lot popularity among many younger people, likely many of them are not old enough to vote, or donate very much to his campaign, notwithstanding Oprah.

Seems like he would be a bit of a pushover in any kind of crisis, and who would be in his inner-circle?

It's funny how Jeri Ryan may have made it possible for the first black president.


Hillary Clinton







Hillary Rodham Clinton is commonly believed to be a Liberal. It is likely that her health care experience has given people that perception.

My bet for the democratic nomination.


John Edwards







You've got to wonder why he is even running. This very southern candidate prides himself on wanting to be a very active president, even when no one really wants an active president.

At least you know his wife would be active as First Lady, she can't seem to keep her mouth closed during this campaign.


Mitt Romney







This guy desperately wants to be president. Seems like Hillary's only real competition. His very campaign might guarantee the first woman president.

Given that he is a Mormon he is most likely more fiscally conservative than socially conservative, whatever he may tell the voters.

My bet for the republican nomination.


Rudy Giuliani







Now Mr. New York is a little too hyper. What kind of president would he make? How about one that wants to shoot first and ask questions later.

He would eventually expand federal powers beyond Bush and that very idea alone will pull all support from the right-wingers.


Fred Thompson







Seems like the type of guy who just wants to sit atop the pillar of power and look presidential. Considering he has a reputation for laziness, at least he would most likely not be too politically active if he won.

Can't imagine once the mud starts he will be able to compete. Might seem like Ronald Reagan to some, but he doesn't seem to have too many jokes or much of a personality.

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:59 pmOk, so who are you voting for?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:01 pm
Name: joer Comment: I agree with most of what you write, with one exception. Fred Thompson will run as the Republican candidate and Mayor Bloomberg will probably run as an independent. Net result, giving Hillary and the Democrats the Presidency.

Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:10 pmbloomberg is not a real consideration and since he has not announced, there was no reason to add him. but given that he is effeminate and not well known outside nyc i think he would pull equally from both parties.

Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:59 pmI think you forgot McCain! In any case that sums it up.

Saw clips of Fred on Leno, he does not look well and I do not think he will last in the race. More to the point, poor NBC is going to have to pull those Law and Order episodes or at least air-brush Fred out.

Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:51 pmMcCain is irrelevant

Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:16 pmNot as irrelevant as Dennis Kucinich!

Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:59 pm
Name: Tardigrade | Comment: Enneagram Personality types of some of them:
Barack Obama: People on the EIDB and Ediots discussion boards have consensused around 9 for him
Hillary Clinton: 1w2 is the general consensus
John Edwards: I've heard 3w4 mentioned as his likely type
John McCain: 6w7 is the general consensus
Rudy Giuliani: I've heard type 1 for him, but don't remember where I've heard it.

Ralph Nader: 1w2
Al Gore: 1w9

Former/Current Presidents:
W. Bush: 9w8 is the most common typing of him
Clinton: 3w2
H.W. Bush: 6, with I think 6w5 the most common typing of him, though I could be recalling wrong.
Reagan: 9w8 is the consensus for him
Carter: 3w4 is the consensus for him
Nixon: 6w5 is generally considered for him

Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:40 pm
Name: besarien@gmail | Comment: No way is my entire family higher than everyone on this list. How do you imagine that you can guess someone's IQ accurately?

Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:51 pm
Name: 613photo | Comment: IQ....

To me "IQ" is largely a BS concept in that too many people give it way too much merit. Obviously there is some correlation between a person's IQ test results and how smart they are, but it's not a perfect correlation. For example, Person A has an IQ of 115 as measured by a Stanford-Binet.. Person B -- who is the same age as Person A -- scores a 130 on the same test. Who among us is likely to be able to tell the difference? Person B may be very shy, neurotic, really good at match, and able to memorize things, but cannot communicate effectively and has a hard time seeing problems and solutions that are not mathematical. But they're REALLY good at math, you see. Person B...they're not so good at math. Maybe just competent. They are, however, creative and great at communicating ideas. They keep a cool head and are able to prioritize problems and see solutions.

Which person is smarter?

I'd argue that a single metric (the IQ) cannot possibly measure the scope of human talent.

Anyway, as besarien asked, how can you possibly guess these peoples' IQs? They're not even good estimates. KNOWING my IQ and KNOWING the IQ of several friends, I can tell you that most of the people on your list from both sides of the political spectrum are smarter than most of us. Those are some pretty low numbers you gave. If I met someone with an IQ of 110, I'd likely think they were an idiot. Even though I don't believe in IQ scores as a basis for comparing two individuals, IQ tests do measure something and the difference between 110 and my IQ is quite large.

You have to look at these types of people a bit differently. Take George W. Bush, for example. I'd argue his was a failed Presidency and most people would agree. He has poor judgment.. He's effective at communicating but sounds stupid while doing it. Those are flaws I think most people would agree with. But does that make him stupid? No. To be President of the United States, you have to run for office. To make a successful run for office you have to have a number of people believe in you. They're the core of your initial campaign and a small group. "Kingmakers" are usually very intelligent people, and they're going to have to be impressed enough to come work for you. They're going to have to believe in you enough to get other smart people on board. Then this collection of people must build a campaign whose members also believe in the candidate. A stupid man cannot get something like this rolling. There's no way.

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