Only the AP could twist a poll with figures like this to say that belief in a conspiracy is “slipping”.
“When I was interviewed by the History Channel in October 2012 for the TV show they plan to present in November 2013, they told me about a professional survey they had commissioned. 2200 people were interviewed re the JFK Assassination and the WCR. [Warren Commission Report]
“85% said they did not accept the WCR’s conclusion that LHO was a sole assassin. Other related questions elicited similar negative responses re the WCR.” – Dr. Cyril H. Wecht
Poll: Belief in JFK conspiracy slipping slightly
4:05 p.m. EDT May 11, 2013
59% of Americans still believe there was a conspiracy
24% think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination
A clear majority of Americans still suspect there was a conspiracy behind President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, but the percentage who believe accused shooter 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% of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to kill the president, while 24% think Oswald acted alone, and 16% are unsure. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75% of Americans felt there was a conspiracy.
As the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death approaches, the number of Americans who believe Oswald acted alone is at its highest since the period three years after the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination, when 36% said one man was responsible.
Among those who believe Oswald acted alone is Pat Sicinski, a retired school employee in Houston. She and her husband recently visited the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Looking out the sixth-floor window from which Oswald allegedly fired on Kennedy’s motorcade helped reaffirm her faith in the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Oswald was the lone gunman.
This image provided by Warner Bros. from Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK” shows Kevin Costner as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison demonstrating the “magic bullet” theory. Critics say Stone’s film has done more than anything to shape the public’s perception of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.(Photo: AP/Warner Bros.)
President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Warren Commission on Nov. 29, 1963 to investigate both Kennedy’s assassination and the killing of Oswald days later.
“Some skepticism is always justified,” said Sicinski, 68. “I just think when people take it to extremes, they lose me.”
On the other hand, Cheryl Casati said she’s “extremely sure” there was a conspiracy. The killing of Oswald just days after the assassination is part of the reason why.
“There’s too many holes in explanations,” said Casati, 62, who retired from the Air Force after 20 years. “That just could not have happened easily in that time and place. And (Jack) Ruby shooting (Oswald) could not have happened as easily as it did.”
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%, compared to 61%.
The Associated Press-GfK Poll was conducted April 11-15, 2013 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cellphone interviews with 1,004 adults nationwide. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points; it is larger for subgroups.