March 20, 2018
Eighty percent of Americans believe that the U.S. government is spying on the U.S. population—and worry that the U.S. government could be invading their personal privacy, based on findings of a Monmouth University Poll released on March 19.
That includes a majority (53%) who say this activity is widespread; as well as another 29% who say such monitoring happens but is not widespread. Just 14% say this monitoring does not happen at all.
There are no substantial partisan differences in these results: 57% of Independents, 51% of Republicans, and 50% of Democrats are at least somewhat worried that the federal government is monitoring their activities. Another 24% of respondents are “not too worried” and 22% are “not at all worried
The 803 adults nationwide who responded to the poll earlier this month also represent a large plurality who think that national policy is being manipulated or directed by a “Deep State” of unelected government officials.
Americans of color on the center and left and NRA members on the right are among those most worried about the reach of government prying into average citizens’ lives.
Just over half of respondents either are “very worried” (23%) or “somewhat worried” (30%) that the U.S. government is monitoring their activities and invading their privacy.”
“This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust. And it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
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