In this year of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, are we getting jaded?
A clear majority of Americans still suspect there was a conspiracy behind President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, but the percentage who believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone is at its highest level since the mid-1960s, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
According to the AP-GfK survey, conducted in mid-April, 59 percent of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to kill the president, while 24 percent think Oswald acted alone, and 16 percent are unsure. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75 percent of Americans felt there was a conspiracy.
The Oswald-acted-alone results, meanwhile, are the highest since the period three years after the assassination, when 36 percent said one man was responsible for Kennedy’s death.
Those who were adults in 1963 were almost as likely as younger Americans to say that Kennedy’s killing was a conspiracy involving multiple people – 55 percent, compared to 61 percent.
In our other post about a new book coming out, we are getting commenters who just act as flag waivers for the conspiracy. Sorry, guys, that’s not allowed. There is a high bar to clear in order to convince me that a tangled web of deception and secret dealing took place and all there is left are just so stories. As one woman in the story is quoted as saying: Skepticism is justified but when you go to extremes, you lose me.