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New Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Believe ‘Deep State’ Manipulates National Policy

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A Monmouth Poll released on Monday shows a majority of Americans believe the so-called “deep state,” a group of unelected officials opposed to President Trump’s agenda, is secretly working behind the scenes to manipulate national policy.

Almost three-quarters, or 74 percent, of the 803 adults polled believe the “deep state” either definitely or probably exists (27 percent answered “definitely” while 47 percent responded “probably”). Only 21 percent said the group either probably or definitely does not exist.

The political affiliations most likely to “definitely” believe in the “deep state’s” existence were Republicans, at 31 percent, and independents, at 33 percent, compared to only 19 percent of Democrats.

Additionally, six out of ten believe that appointed and unelected government officials wield too much influence over national policy.

According to, “The Deep State is believed to be a clandestine network entrenched inside the government, bureaucracy, intelligence agencies, and other governmental entities. The Deep State supposedly controls state policy behind the scenes, while the democratically-elected process and elected officials are merely figureheads.”

Of late, the term has been used to refer to career government officials, embedded “deep” within governmental and intelligence agencies, secretly working to undermine President Trump’s agenda.

President Trump himself used the term early this year to refer to some within the Justice Department:

As have other media and political figures:

The Monmouth survey was conducted using cellphones and landline telephones and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

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