Majority of Americans Believe in JFK Conspiracy
Despite our own suspicions, fewer Americans now believe that the JFK assassination was part of an elaborate conspiracy. In a matter of ten years, the belief that Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone has taken a significant dip.
In 2003, a resounding 75 percent of Americans were convinced that JFK was targeted by a conspiracy that went well beyond Oswald. But ten years later, in an Associated Press poll conducted in April, only 59 percent believed the same thing.
That’s not all: 16 percent of those polled aren’t sure what to believe, and the rest (24 percent), believe that Oswald was a lone gunman. But what’s responsible for this recent dive in perception?
It could be that the internet has provided people with an avenue by which to more easily research the details of Oswald’s crime. Ten years ago, people were less inclined to do heavy searching in matters of political intrigue on the World Wide Web. Or, it could be that Bill O’Reilly’s recently released presidential thriller Killing Kennedy is influencing some minds. As Robert Mawyer of Blairsville, Ga. told the Associated Press after reading Killing Kennedy, “assuming all of [the book’s] information is correct, he has no problem accepting that Oswald went solo.” But really, no one is sure why less people now believe in a JFK conspiracy.
But despite 59 being less than 75, that still means that a majority of Americans think that there was plenty of evidence that a variety of people assisted in the assassination. In fact, as RFK Jr. pointed out, that is what is his father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, believed. Before being assassinated himself, RFK had a suspicion that mobsters put a hit out on his older brother.
What do you believe?
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