July 27, 2000

Evidence for Bush as Unintelligent

Percent of Stories
Tactics/Rhetoric 14%
Campaign Platform 12%
Opponent Attack 9%
Voter Interaction 7%
Past Personal Life 7%
Public Record 6%
Recent Remarks 6%
Remarks by Friends 2%
Polling 1%
Other 5%
No Evidence 31%

In the 2000 campaign then-Gov. George W. Bush’s “being unintelligent” was a frequent story theme, but the stories most often cited no evidence for it.