An anonymous commenter channeled the sentiments of many irreligious readers in a recent post discussing the religious angle of the coronavirus divide:
Religious people everywhere are dumb. Doesn’t matter if they are progressive or conservative.
Dumb fundies *want* to meet their God so they don’t mind dying from coronavirus.
Coronavirus isn’t a left vs right issue. It’s a dumb vs smart issue and a secular vs religious issue.
The commenter’s disdain aside, the first assertion is an empirical question. The last assertion is, too, but I’ve yet to come across good data to evaluate it by.
Using the GSS, the following table shows average IQ extrapolated from Wordsum scores by political and theistic orientations. To avoid racial confounding and language fluency issues, results come exclusively from non-Hispanic whites born in the US:
The correlation between lack of theistic belief and intelligence is a phenomenon of the left and to a lesser extent of the middle. It doesn’t much characterize the political right.
GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1), GOD(1)(2)(3-5)(6), WORDSUM, POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)