JFK Assassination: Majority Of Americans Are “Conspiracy Theorists”
Multiple polls on 50th anniversary show only around a third believe the lone gunman theory
Nov 21, 2013
Several polls released this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy reveal that the majority of Americans still do not believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin, and that there was a wider conspiracy that was covered up.
In a Rasmussen poll, only 36 percent of Americans surveyed said that they believe Kennedy was targeted by a lone gunman on this day, November 22, in 1963.
The survey found that just as many, 37 percent, believe JFK was murdered in a larger plot involving other actors. Another large portion of respondents, 27 percent, said they are not sure, emphasizing the mystery that still surrounds the fateful event.
The Rasmussen poll also revealed that those who were alive at the time of the shooting are more likely to believe in a conspiracy than younger respondents, indicating that the questioning of the official story as described by The Warren Commission may be waning as generations pass.
In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a large majority of 62 percent believe that Oswald did not act alone, with only 29 percent buying the official line.