CNN Poll: Who killed Kennedy?
November 22nd, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Who killed Kennedy?

(CNN) - Fifty years after President Kennedy’s assassination, numerous polls indicate that most Americans now believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted as part of a broader plot or conspiracy.

But a new CNN/ORC poll released Friday shows little consensus on exactly who was behind an alleged wider plot to murder Kennedy.

Poll respondents were asked whether they believe the CIA, the Mafia, Cuba, the Soviet Union and/or then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson were involved.

The top suspects, in the minds of the American public, are the CIA and the Mafia.

One-third of all Americans believe the CIA was part of a plot to kill JFK. Thirty percent believe the Mafia was somehow involved.

Cold War enemies Cuba and the Soviet Union aren’t suspected quite as much. Twenty-two percent of Americans believe Moscow was somehow involved, while 20% point the finger at Fidel Castro’s regime in Havana.

As for LBJ, twenty-one percent of Americans believe Kennedy’s vice president – and successor – played a role in his death.

The bottom line appears to be that no one - least of all the American public – knows exactly who, if anyone, besides Oswald was responsible for Kennedy's death.

But 50 years later, there is plenty of suspicion to go around.

The CNN/ORC survey was conducted by telephone from November 18-20 among 843 adult Americans. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5%.


Filed under: John F. Kennedy
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. GonzoinHouston

    Obama did it with the help of the extra-terrestrials. They got together and took over Oswald's brain to make him take the shot, and then used the ET's technology to make the bullet change course and strike repeatedly. My dog told me all about it last night. Why is the tequila all gone?

    November 22, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I'm 99% sure it wasn't a Democrat !

    A sad day in American History .

    November 22, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. bailey

    I was 18 on this terrible day 50 yrs ago. I believe there were politicians involved, yes possibly LBJ, and after all it was in Texas!!!! Why wait 50 yrs... Cause some people have passed???? Yes Dallas did well today, but a little late.

    November 22, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. ladies first

    Whoever did may of changed the course of History but will see their Maker when it is due time!

    November 22, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    A Cuban sympathizer did it.

    November 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Borderless

    Lee Harvey Oswald. Are we done now?

    November 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I don't think this question will ever be answered to everyone's satisfaction. The physical evidence all points to Oswald and one extraordianry rifle shot and bullet trajectory. The intellectual evidence seems to contradict the physical evidence.

    November 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Washington insiders.

    November 22, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    GOP killed that poor guy. I feel bad, so only they are called by Rethuglicans. I bet Koches, Rush, Glenn are the main culprits.

    November 22, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Not sure if we will ever know but we watched a documentary this week which shows President Kennedy waving then the car disappears from view and comes out on the other side showing that he had already been hit from the back. Next thing you see is the President being shot on the right side of his head. Probably the kill shot.
    No way that shot came from Oswald and behind.

    November 22, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    @Borderless,

    "Lee Harvey Oswald. Are we done now?"

    Nope, not until the corpse is exhumed and analyzed by a panel of CSI experts (preferably NOT American or British). It would also be nice if whoever has the brain steps forward so that it could be examined.

    I wouldn't convict Oswald based on the circumstantial evidence we currently have. And there's no reason to when scientific studies of the remains will yield conclusive evidence either way.

    November 22, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Maybe Rep. Darrell Issa could find out the truth , he's good at that ?

    November 22, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    ....after all, it was you and me....

    November 22, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Hear that? Yeah, it's the sound of tinfoil crinkling....

    November 22, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    I will seriously bet there is a certain percent of The Tea Party that will believe it is Obama's fault.
    Where is CNN phone survey when you need it?

    November 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. smith

    Oh lord people, Oswald did it all by himself. This stupid magic bullet theory is about as bad as people saying the pyramids are proof there are aliens because humans back then could not do that with out machines. A focused man or woman can meet incredible tasks.

    November 22, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. mickey doyle

    somebody better take a real hard look at the Dulles brothers.kennedy wanted to fire them and scrap the c.i.a. which had a close relationship with the Dixie mafia.hell the c.i.a. wanted them to kill castro.

    November 22, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @Silence DoGood: ""I will seriously bet there is a certain percent of The Tea Party that will believe it is Obama's fault."

    Very reasonable assumption, given that 29% of Louisiana repubs blame President Obama for the failed federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

    November 22, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?
    @Silence DoGood: ""I will seriously bet there is a certain percent of The Tea Party that will believe it is Obama's fault."

    Very reasonable assumption, given that 29% of Louisiana repubs blame President Obama for the failed federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

    If someone spoofed Rush or Hannity saying "Obama has installed Big Foot as the czar of Death Panels" there absolutely would be a few comments the next day here about Obama sneaking in Big Foot to establish his evil empire.

    November 22, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Whay was LBJ in Dallas?

    Why was LBJ even present in Dallas 50 yrs ago. Usually the the VP is available when the President is away. What was LBJ doing in Dallas and why was he so available to be sworn in on the day JFK was assasinated? Why was he issistant on being sworn in before the plane took off to leave Dallas?

    November 22, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |