Apr. 27, 2017
Forty-eight percent of Americans are aware there’s a “deep state” working secretly to “manipulate government policy” and 58 percent of those in the know say it’s a “major problem,” according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
The poll defined the deep state as “military, intelligence and government officials who try to secretly manipulate government policy.”
The majority of Americans are also aware the media makes up fake news:
From ABC News:
The poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that views among partisan and ideological groups, interestingly, are quite similar on the existence of a deep state, while vastly different on the question of media vs. administration falsehoods.
In a rare show of bipartisan suspicion, 45 percent of Democrats think there’s a deep state at work, as do 46 percent of Republicans. It nips up to 51 percent for independents. Ideologically, the story is similar: Forty-seven percent of liberals, 48 percent of conservatives and 52 percent of moderates see a deep state afoot. The main difference is by age; deep state seers peak at 59 percent among young adults (age 18-29) and drop to 37 percent among seniors.
There’s little differentiation elsewhere; percentages in the 40s to 50s across groups see a deep state, with the motivating factor for that opinion not apparent in this survey’s questions. That includes no significant differences by education, often a dividing line on political issues.
ABC News’ report was mildly fair, though they inaccurately described awareness of the deep state as a “belief.”
The Washington Post, which is the CIA’s favorite newspaper and along with the New York Times openly got leaks from the deep state to take down Michael Flynn, reported on the poll slightly differently.