If you’ve noticed that Donald Trump’s speech sounds short and simple, you’re not alone.
A new report from Quote.com has found that the Republican presidential nominee speaks at a seventh-grade level — lower than many of his political peers.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, delivers speeches at an eighth-grade level, the authors found.
The report analysed about 4,000 words per person of public speeches from prominent public figures over the past two years. The authors ran the speeches through six different text-analysis algorithms and averaged the results to calculate the final score for each person. When comparing Trump and Clinton, however, the authors added two algorithms.
But as the authors of the report note, eloquence is not necessarily an indicator of intelligence. Trump’s score puts him in the same company as Oprah Winfrey, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Vice President Joe Biden.
Among this election’s crop of presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders ranked highest of those analysed, checking in at a ninth-grade level. Marco Rubio was close behind, averaging between eighth and ninth grade. President Barack Obama was found to speak at just under an eighth-grade level, averaging a 7.9.
Former President George W. Bush, for all his rhetorical shortcomings, scored a reading level grade of 8.7 — the second highest among politicians analysed.
Here’s the full breakdown:
Read the full Quote.com report here »
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