Public Opinion Polls – JFK By the Numbers

Public Opinion Polls – JFK Assassination by the Numbers  

The General Consensus – If it was an election it would be a landslide 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Updated 04:45 PM EST  

November 2003  

Americans: Kennedy Assassination a Conspiracy

No consensus about who was involved

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are skeptical of the official conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he assassinated President John F. Kennedy 40 years ago, but there is no consensus about which conspiracy theory to believe.
Three-quarters of Americans recently told Gallup that they think more than one man was involved in Kennedy’s assassination. Only 19% of Americans tink it was the work of one individual. When asked who else might have been bnd the assassiation, no more than 37% of the public believes any single entity or individual was involved
The most commonly believed theory is tha the Mafia was involved (37%), followed closely by speculation that the CIA was involve). Only 18% of Americans think that Kennedy’s vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson, was involved — a theory advanced in a History Channel film on Monday, and sharply rebuked by former Johnson aides as a “smear.” Even fewer, 15% each, think the Cubans or the Soviet Union were involved. 
Overall, 63% of Americans believe at least one of the five theories tested, while 37% do not believe any of them. 
A Popular Figure  
Kennedy is well regarded by Americans today. The public is equally likely to mention Kennedy as Abraham Lincoln (17% each) when asked to name the greatest U.S. president. In fact, Kennedy has ranked first or second on this question in the five times Gallup has asked it since 1999. Kennedy exceeds all of the recent U.S. presidents on this measure today, although with 13%, Ronald Reagan comes close, ranking third. Nine percent mention Bill Clinton; George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each receive 3%. 
Who do you regard as the greatest United States President? 


Nov 10-12, 2003  



John Kennedy 


Abraham Lincoln 


Ronald Reagan 


Franklin Roosevelt 


Bill Clinton 


George Washington 


George W. Bush 


Harry Truman 


Thomas Jefferson 


Theodore Roosevelt 


Jimmy Carter 


Dwight Eisenhower 


George Bush (the elder) 


Richard Nixon 








No opinion 


 Moreover, more than four in five Americans consider Kennedy to have been either a “great” (43%) or a “good” (42%) president; only 14% of Americans consider him to have been fair or poor. This assessment is similar to what Gallup found in 1993, and slightly improved from 20 years ago, when only 31% said history would remember him as a great president. (These positive views of Kennedy’s presidency are not merely historical revisionism on the part of the public. While in office, Kennedy was also very highly rated by the public; in fact, he had the highest average job approval rating (70%) of any president in Gallup‘s history.) 

How do you think John F. Kennedy will go down in history — as a great president, a good president, a fair president, or a poor president?  


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