Q: There's been talk of what some people call a "deep state," meaning military, intelligence and government officials who try to secretly manipulate government policy. Do you think there is such a thing as a deep state in this country, or is it just a conspiracy theory? IF THINK THERE IS A DEEP STATE: Do you think the existence of a deep state is a major problem for the United States, a minor problem, or not a problem?

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This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 17-20, 2017, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including landline and cell phone respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt Associates of Cambridge, Mass.