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29 Percent of Americans in 1963 Thought Oswald Acted Alone

29 Percent of Americans in 1963 Thought Oswald Acted Alone

A white X on the road where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas Nov. 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza. (F11photo/Dreamstime) 

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On Nov. 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President John F. Kennedy. Fifty-four years later, doubts still linger about just what happened on that tragic day and the days that followed. But the doubts were there from the beginning. A Gallup poll conducted shortly after the assassination found that just 29 percent of Americans thought Oswald acted alone.[1]

Gallup found that most Americans (52 percent) believed that some group was involved. Nineteen percent (19 percent) were not sure. However, "Only about one person in a hundred thinks Russia, Cuba, or 'the communists' may have been involved in the assassination. Almost no one mentions the 'extreme right,' or segregationists, as responsible." Gallup has asked similar questions over the years and "has consistently found the majority believing it was a conspiracy."

Footnotes:

  1. Gallup, "Gallup Vault: Few in 1963 Thought Oswald Acted Alone," October 26, 2017

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