Poll asks if respondents believe a ‘deep state’ controls Washington

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A new poll out of Monmouth University Polling Institute found that a majority of Americans polled believe there is a “deep state” pulling the levers of power in Washington, D.C. when such a group is described in a specific way.

In a survey of 803 adults, which was conducted in early March of this year, 74-percent of the respondents said there is a deep state “when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy,” according to The Hill. Another 21-percent of respondents don’t believe in a group such as the one described.

From The Hill: The poll notes that more than 7 in 10 Americans polled in each political group, Republican, Democrat and independent, believe in a deep state. Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents say they believe a deep state “definitely exists,” while 19 percent of Democrats believe this.Pollsters also found that a majority of those polled, 63 percent, said they were “not familiar” with the term deep state, however. Thirteen percent said they were “very familiar,” while 24 percent said they were “somewhat familiar.”

“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.”

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