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Six in 10 Americans think JFK's assassination was a conspiracy

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About six in 10 Americans believe that more than one person was involved in the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy — the lowest percentage in nearly 50 years.

Thirty percent say Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in the murder, and 61 percent say others were involved in a conspiracy, according to Gallup. Oswald was captured by Dallas police hours after the assassination but was killed by Jack Ruby two days later and never stood trial.

The 61 percent figure is actually the lowest in nearly half a century, however; in 1976, 81 percent of Americans believed in a wider conspiracy. In a poll conducted from Nov. 22-27, 1963, 52 percent thought it was a conspiracy and 29 percent thought Oswald was the lone gunman.

Of those who believe the assassination was a conspiracy, 13 percent think it involved the mafia, 13 percent think the U.S./federal government, and 7 percent said the CIA. Forty percent did not offer an opinion about a specific person or group.

The survey of 1,039 Americans aged 18 or older was taken from Nov. 7-10 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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