Fully 74% of Americans Believe the “Deep State” is Not a Myth
A large majority of Americans (74%) believe that unelected officials, the “Deep State”, are manipulating national policy, according to the latest Monmouth University poll.
The results, according to Monmouth’s survey:
- 60% overall say appointed officials have too much sway in U.S. policy.
- 59% of Republicans say those unelected officials have too much sway.
- 59% of Democrats believe the same thing.
- 62% of Independents say the same thing.
- 26% overall believe that there is a right balance of power between elected and unelected officials.
“We usually expect opinions on the operation of government to shift depending on which party is in charge. But there’s an ominous feeling by Democrats and Republicans alike that a Deep State’of unelected operatives are pulling the levers of power,” wrote the director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The survey found that just 37% of people are at least somewhat familiar with the term “Deep State,” but that once it’s described to them, 74% overall believe the structure exists, according to Monmouth.
There is agreement across party lines that the Deep State exists; more than 7 in 10 in each party believe in its existence.
However, Republicans (31%) and independents (33%) lead Democrats (19%) in the belief that the Deep State “definitely exists,” according to the survey.
“Anxiety about a possible ‘Deep State’ is prevalent in both parties, but each has key constituent groups who express even greater concerns about the potential for government overreach,” said the poll’s director.
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