Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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JFK and the conspiracy theorists

Today is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred in Dallas on November 22, 1963. 45 years later no one is sure who was actually responsible for the assassination and conspiracy theories abound. (Check out your local bookstore for the many tomes written on this subject.) I wondered if this was something that was still relevant today or if it only mattered to history geeks and those who were alive at the time. So I made a poll on this topic. The source of my "conspiracy theories" comes from articles on Wikipedia.



Poll #1302193 JFK 45 years later

Is the assassination of JFK still relevant today?

Yes, of course it is
44(73.3%)
Only to history buffs and people who were alive at the time
14(23.3%)
No, it's ancient history
0(0.0%)
Other (what?)
2(3.3%)

Do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination?

Yes.
2(3.3%)
Probably
8(13.1%)
I'm not sure what to believe
15(24.6%)
Probably not
15(24.6%)
No
11(18.0%)
There was a conspiracy, but Oswald was not part of it, he was innocent.
4(6.6%)
I don't have an opinion on this
5(8.2%)
Other (what?)
1(1.6%)

Conspiracy theorists have suggested that a number of sources were involved in the assassination of JFK. Which of the following do you believe may have been involved in his assassination?

I don't have an opinion on this
16(26.2%)
There was no conspiracy, Oswald acted alone
5(8.2%)
The CIA
2(3.3%)
The Mafia
0(0.0%)
The Pentagon
0(0.0%)
Fidel Castro
0(0.0%)
Lyndon Johnson
0(0.0%)
The Teamsters
0(0.0%)
The KGB
0(0.0%)
The Israeli government
0(0.0%)
The KKK
0(0.0%)
I think there was a conspiracy, but I don't have a clue who was part of it.
20(32.8%)
Someone else (who?)
1(1.6%)

If JFK was killed as the result of a conspiracy, which theory is the most plausible explanation for the motive behind the assassination?

Cuba: JFK's failure to follow through on the invasion of Cuba and his lack of support for the troops in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion
3(5.0%)
Foreign retribution of JFK ordering assassinations of foreign dictators by the CIA
0(0.0%)
Mafia: Retribution for Bobby Kennedy increasing prosecution of mafia members (12 times more than under the previous administration)
3(5.0%)
Vietnam: JFK's refusal to send more troops to Vietnam despite the advice of his generals
1(1.7%)
USSR: Retribution over the Cuban missile crisis
0(0.0%)
Israel: JFK's opposition to Israel's nuclear missile program
0(0.0%)
Civil Rights: JFK was proposing the civil rights changes that LBJ later brought in, and a lot of bigoted people resented that.
11(18.3%)
I don't have a clue
34(56.7%)
It wasn't a conspiracy
6(10.0%)
Something else (what?)
2(3.3%)

Do you worry that President Obama may be assassinated during his term?

Yes. There are a lot of nuts out there
39(62.9%)
No. Secret service protection is much better than it was in 1963.
11(17.7%)
Yes for some other reason
4(6.5%)
No for some other reason
3(4.8%)
I'm not sure.
3(4.8%)
Other (what?)
2(3.2%)
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