MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was in panic mode Tuesday, after a Monmouth poll showed three out of four Americans believe in the existence of a “deep state.”
“The attacks against the so-called deep state … by the president and some Republicans actually might be taking hold,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski. “More Americans now believe that national policy is being manipulated or directed by a deep state. That according to the newest Monmouth university poll. Six in ten Americans believe that un-elected or appointed government officials have too much influence in determining federal policy. Twenty-six percent say the right balance of power exists between elected and un-elected officials.”
When the poll described the “deep state” as a group of un-elected non government officials, 75 percent of respondents said they believe there is a group of power players pulling the strings.
“When Monmouth described the term as, quote, a group of un-elected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, nearly three in four Americans said they believe that the deep state exists,” Brzezinski continued. “One in five said it does not.”
Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, Susan Page, said the poll numbers are a result of attacks against the government and believes people should trust the government to investigate itself.
“I think this clearly shows the effect of his attacks on governmental institutions, on the government itself,” Page said. “This is not to say that there’s nothing — there’s never anything to investigate. Part of our tradition is a trust, not just in the government but a trust in the government to investigate itself at times. But this is, I think, a new phenomenon for Americans in modern times, for a majority of Americans to believe that there’s a deep state. I think is a shocking finding.”