A Monmouth University poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that a ‘deep state’ is manipulating US government policy, and that their communications are bring monitored en mass.
The survey, conducted on almost 1000 people in early March, found that 74 percent believe that a group of shadowy unelected officials are not only maipulating government policy but actively running it.
Only Twenty-one percent said they do not believe a ‘deep state’ collective exists.
Even across political identifications, more than 7 out of 10 Americans Republicans, Democrats and independents said they firmly believe a deep state is running the show.
Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents said they believe a deep state “definitely exists,” while 19 percent of Democrats believe it.
“We usually expect opinions on the operation of government to shift depending on which party is in charge,” Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in a statement.
“But there’s an ominous feeling by Democrats and Republicans alike that a ‘Deep State’ of unelected operatives are pulling the levers of power.” Murray added.
The poll also found that a whopping 82 percent believe the government is watching their every move through mass surveillance of communications.
A majority of 53 percent said they believe the spying is widespread, while 29 percent of respondents said they feel like they are being watched by the government, but that it is not widespread surveillance.
Just 14 percent of respondents said they do not think the government spies on them, according to the survey.
When asked if they feel the spying is justified, 71 percent said the believe it is.
18 percent said that the surveillance is “usually justified,” with a further 53 percent saying it’s “sometimes justified.” Twenty-six percent said the spying is “rarely justified,” while only 2 percent said it is “never justified.”
“This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust,” Patrick Murray noted, adding “it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum.”