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A whopping 82 percent of Americans think that Big Brother is spying on them, according to a survey released on Monday.
While only 14 percent of the respondents said they do not believe that the government is watching them, 53 percent said that the spying is “widespread” and 29 per cent is “not much,” a Monmouth University poll revealed.
Slightly more than half of the public is “very concerned” — 23 percent — or “somewhat worried” — 30-percent — is that the government is infringing on their privacy, the poll says.
And there are no significant partisan differences, 57 percent of independents, 51 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats are at least “somewhat worried:” the government is snooping on them.
“This is a worrisome observation. The power of our government rests on public confidence in the protection of our freedoms, that is not particularly robust. And it is not a Democratic or Republican problem. These concerns span the political spectrum,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Asked about the “Deep State”, a shadowy cabal of unelected civil servants and soldiers who secretly run the government, 74 percent said that they believe that a clandestine network operates in Washington, including 27 percent who say it is “absolute,” and 47 percent say it is “probably.”
Twenty-one percent say it is “probably not” or “definitely not” exist.
Along party lines, with 31 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of independents and 19 percent of the Democrats say that the “Deep State” “absolutely.”
“We expect the opinions about the functioning of the government to shift, depending on which party is in charge. But there is an ominous feeling by the Democrats and Republicans in each other that a ‘Deep State’ of unelected directors are pulling the levers of power,” said Murray.
The Monmouth Poll surveyed 803 adults in the United States by telephone between March 2-5. It has a plug or a min of 3.5 percentage points margin of error.
This story originnally appeared in the New York Post.