Poll: Most Americans still think there was a JFK cover-up

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John F. Kennedy's official portrait. Photo Credit: JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY (via MGN Online)

(CBS News) – As they have for decades, most Americans (61 percent) think others in addition to Lee Harvey Oswald were involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, but that has dropped significantly from 15 years ago. At the same time, 20 percent think Oswald acted on his own, up 10 points from 1998, on the 35th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death.

Majorities across all age groups believe others in addition to Oswald were involved in the assassination, but those ages 65 and over are most likely to think Oswald acted alone (26 percent).

While most continue to believe there was an official cover-up to keep the public from learning the truth about the Kennedy assassination, that number has declined over the years. Fifty-six percent now believe there was a cover-up, down from 81 percent in 1993. A quarter of Americans – 27 percent – don’t think there was an official cover-up.

Skepticism surrounding the events of the JFK assassination persists, but more than six in 10 don’t think another investigation into the death of President Kennedy is necessary.

There have been a number of tragedies in the lives of Kennedy family members, but most Americans don’t think the family is cursed. Still, 15 percent do believe there is a curse on the Kennedy family.

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3 comments

  • Bill

    Truth be known LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover was behind this killing. How a man with a bolt action rifle at that distance can get two shots off that fast is hard to believe. Or did the car slow down enough to make the second shot possible? No matter, JFK made some enemies on Capital Hill and the good old boys toke care of business. This death along with his brothers anf MLK were a GREAT lose to this country. It’s dangerous to be a TRUE leader!!!!! Our preseident could learn alot form these three GREAT men.

  • Bill

    Before someone reads into my last line of my comment. Our President could learn alot form there these GREAT men. I meant……how to lead a country and give people HOPE!!!!!

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