JFK conspiracy ideas on the downslide?

In this year of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, are we getting jaded?

Poll: Belief in JFK conspiracy slipping slightly.

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.

  3 comments for “JFK conspiracy ideas on the downslide?

  1. Phil
    May 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I’m tired of these conspiracy theorists. I recall a few years ago they did a computer projection of the cone of the direction of the shot and the center was directly on the book depository. Penn and Teller also did a nice look at the direction of the head- it goes back. They experimented on a watermelon. I have more confidence in these than what if speculation and 50 year old memories.

  2. BobM
    May 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    It’s interesting that last time I looked, there wasn’t a single person I described as a serious historian has written about this. Wonder why?

  3. May 14, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    In reality, everything happens by chance as the result of random causes. Conspiracies don’t really exist, they are just the way we describe some aspects of chance.

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