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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:42 AM
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53. Who said it was 75% at the time the WCR was released? Not me.
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 01:30 AM by stopbush
It wasn't 75%, but a majority of Americans believed in a conspiracy from the get go:

April 11, 2001
Most Americans Believe Oswald Conspired With Others to Kill JFK
Support for conspiracy theory increased sharply in the 1970's and has been high ever since
by Darren K. Carlson

PRINCETON, NJ The vast majority of Americans believe the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one of the most infamous events in American history, was a conspiracy. A Gallup poll from March of this year (2001) shows that over 8 in 10 Americans (81%) believe that other people were involved in a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. Only 13% of the public believes that just one man (Lee Harvey Oswald) acted alone. These recent results match the high point of those believing in a conspiracy, a percentage that has increased since the 1960s.

Gallup first asked about a possible conspiracy shortly after the assassination in November of 1963, and at that time, 52% of the public thought others were involved in the assassination. A similar percentage (50%) believed in a conspiracy three years later in December 1966. When Gallup revisited the subject in 1976, the percentage believing others were involved had increased considerably. At that time, 81% thought others were involved in the killing of President Kennedy. It is likely that this large increase in belief in a conspiracy was related to the highly publicized findings of the 1976 HSCA (House Select Committee on Assassinations), which concluded that Kennedy was probably killed as a result of a conspiracy. The percentage believing in a conspiracy decreased slightly, by 7 percent, in 1983 (74%). Support of the conspiracy theory remained high in 1992 (77%), and 1993 (75%), following the release of the popular Oliver Stone film "JFK" in 1991, which presented a variety of assassination conspiracy theories.

Interestingly, those with more formal education tend to have the lowest belief in a possible conspiracy in the JFK assassination. Among those with a post-graduate education, 71% believe others were involved in the assassination, compared with 78% among those with some college education and 84% among those with a H.S. education or less.

I would just mention - because with the CT crowd, you have to mention what to normal people would be obvious - that I did not say that 75% of Americans polled at the time the WCR was first released believed that the JFK assassination involved a conspiracy. I used a ballpark number - 75% - that reflects the data as it stands on average today. It is you, bertman, who is engaged in a lame attempt to frame what I wrote (another sadly typical CT ploy that is as tiresome as it is expected). Yet even with your poor debating skills and lack of knowledge on the data, the truth is that the majority of Americans have believed it was a conspiracy from the get go (52%). Ergo, averring today that there was a conspiracy behind the JFK killing is hardly being brave. It is merely an act of repeating the received wisdom of the general populace. Which is to say, it displays just as ignorant a knowledge of historic fact as we can expect from the baseline doofus population of these United States, not to mention a pandering to the kind of popular fiction that substitutes for insight in this country.

And, as Gallup points out, it's the people with higher educations who are less likely to buy the conspiracy crapola in the JFK killing. Whaddaya make of that?
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