LATEST GALLUP POLL SHOWS ONLY 30% BELIEVE IN LONE JFK ASSASSIN
If you have been watching some of the JFK programs airing on CNN, FOX NEWS and other networks, you may have been convinced that most Americans no longer believe there was a conspiracy behind the assassination of our 35th President 50 years ago this coming Friday.
But while the national media has changed little in their lone assassin assessment over 50 years, the public's conspiracy assessment has actually increased.
In the most recent Gallup poll, 61% of Americans believe the assassination was the result of conspiracy while only 30% remain convinced it was the work of a lone assassin.
Gallup asked this question:
"Do you think that one man was responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy, or do you think others were involved in a conspiracy?"*
*The way the question is phrased leaves open the possibility that Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin but was involved with others either in the planning of the murder and/or its execution.
Compare this with the Gallup poll taken in early 1964 which showed 52% believing in a conspiracy and 29% a lone assassin.
The Gallup poll showed those believing in a conspiracy reached a maximum of 81% following the first public showing of the Zapruder Film in 1975 and then again at 81% as we entered the 21st Century.
While conspiracy theorists can take heart from these statistics, lone gunman advocates can be encouraged by the fact that those believing in a lone assassin increased by 11% from 2003-2013, while conspiracy advocates declined by 14% during the same time period.
The biggest disparity between the two viewpoints came around 2001 when the conspiracy theorists had a commanding lead of 81% to 13% or a separation of 68%.
This most recent poll, however, showing a separation of only 31%, begs the question why?
What has happened in the past decade to cause this phenomenon?
Gallup also asked those who answered conspiracy to speculate on who they believed might have been involved.
Here are the results:
Special Interests 5%
Political Groups 5%
Racist Groups 5%
Go to the following link to read the full Gallup report.
"Majority in U.S. Still Believe JFK Killed In a Conspriacy: Mafia, federal government top list of potential conspirators," by Art Swift, www.gallup.com