A large majority of Americans across the political spectrum believe that Washington D.C. is controlled by a Deep State of unelected government bureaucrats, according to a new poll.
A Monmouth University Poll found 60% of those surveyed feel that unelected or appointed government officials wield too much power in determining federal policy.
“We usually expect opinions on the operation of government to shift depending on which party is in charge,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
“But there’s an ominous feeling by Democrats and Republicans alike that a ‘Deep State’ of unelected operatives are pulling the levers of power.”
The term “Deep State” itself isn’t familiar to most people (63%).
“However, when the term is described as a group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, nearly 3-in-4 (74%) say they believe this type of apparatus exists in Washington,” the report said.
The poll further indicated that minorities and NRA members are more likely than other groups to believe the Deep State exists.
“Monmouth said 35 percent of black, Latino and Asian Americans think the Deep State definitely exists, and 43 percent of NRA members ‘definitely believe in the existence of a Deep State operation in D.C.,’” reported The Washington Times.
Murray said this is due to residual historic prejudice and gun owners fearful of government overreach.
“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. This includes racial and ethnic groups who still experience the effects of historical prejudice as well as gun owners who fear their constitutional rights are being threatened,” he said.
Additionally, the poll found an overwhelming 80% of those polled indicated they believe the government is spying on American citizens.
President Trump has alerted the American people to the dangers of the Deep State apparatus embedded in government that’s been working to cover for Hillary Clinton’s crimes and force him out of office.
“The House of Representatives seeks contempt citations(?) against the Justice Department and the FBI for withholding key documents and an FBI witness which could shed light on surveillance of associates of Donald Trump. Big stuff. Deep State. Give this information NOW!” Trump tweeted in November.
The House of Representatives seeks contempt citations(?) against the JusticeDepartment and the FBI for withholding key documents and an FBI witness which could shed light on surveillance of associates of Donald Trump. Big stuff. Deep State. Give this information NOW! @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Former CIA officer Philip Mudd threatened Trump last summer on CNN saying the “government is gonna kill this guy” for insulting the Deep State.
“People talk about the Deep State, when you disrespect government officials who’ve done 20 or 30 years, they’re gonna say ‘really – Vladimir Putin sends officers home and you support him before you support us?’” he said.
A recent internal government report drafted by the intelligence community found the American people have become distrustful of government and “authoritative information sources,” ie the mainstream media.
“Whatever you call it — fake news, propaganda, or politics — American voters have been trained to be skeptical of what the government says,” said former Pentagon official Jed Babbin.
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