Color me surprised. But the levels are still high.
The number of people who believe the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 was part of a conspiracy has dropped to its lowest level in nearly 50 years, according to a new poll.
A Gallup poll released Friday still found 61 percent of people believe the assassination was part of a larger conspiracy, rather than the work of a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Another 30 percent believe Oswald acted alone.
The poll coincides with the 50th anniversary of his death next Friday.
For most of the last 50 years, more than 70 percent of people consistently said the Kennedy assassination was part of a larger conspiracy.
So the numbers are down which actually surprises me. The article notes that soon after the even, the level was 52% and went as high as 80%. One thought is that the older people who were around and may have been most affected by the event have passed away replaced by those who were too young to know the details or be impacted. Also, as is the case with polls, the use of certain worlds or phrasing can impact the results. For example, what KIND of conspiracy?
I would assume that the numbers would be very high after the blitz of media that is occurring in memorium of the event. I’d be curious to see. Why DO people believe this stuff? Still trying to figure out that difficult answer.