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 mid1960s, according to an Associated PressGfK poll.
According to the APGfK survey, conducted in midApril, 59 percent of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to kill the president, while 24 percent think Oswald acted alone, and 16 percent are unsure. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75 percent 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 percent said one man was responsible.
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. The commission concluded Cheap NFL Jerseys that Oswald was the lone gunman.
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 percent, compared to 61 percent.
The Associated PressGfK Poll was conducted April 1115, 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.
John F. KennedyPresident John F. Kennedy speaks at a press wholesale nfl jerseys conference on August 1, 1963. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
Husband And WifeA photo dated in the 1950s shows John F. Kennedy with his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Youth MovementJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy is pictured here in this 1960s White House photo. He was the first Catholic, and the youngest person, to be elected as president of the United States (AFP/Getty Images). Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) and his wife Jacqueline pose with their son John Jr. on December 10, 1960. (AFP/Getty Images)
Oath Of OfficeJohn F. Kennedy takes the Oath of Office for President of the United States in January 1961. President John F. Kennedy (R) chatting with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson in the early 1960s. President Harry S. Truman (18841972). (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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