Most Americans want President-elect Donald Trump to stop Tweeting when he becomes president.
A poll of more than 1,000 voters found that 59 per cent believe Trump should stay away from his personal Twitter account, which he used during his presidential campaign to reach 15.8 million people.
Their view of the incoming president could be coloring the outcome: While 74 per cent said Trump is intelligent, 57 per cent believe ‘he is not level-headed.’
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A new poll found that 59 percent of Americans said that President-elect Donald Trump should stay away from his persona Twitter account post-inauguration
President-elect Donald Trump, seen at yesterday’s meeting with the New York Times, said during a previous interview that he doesn’t anticipate tweeting from the White House
‘Voters tell President-elect Donald Trump, “You’ve got the job. Now be a leader not a tweeter”,’ Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy said Tuesday.
‘And we’re watching to make sure you put the country, not the Trump brand, first.’
Trump said in an interview broadcast 10 days ago on ’60 Minutes’ that he doesn’t anticipate tweeting from the White House.
‘I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all. I’m going to be very restrained,’ he said during the CBS interview.
In the Quinnipiac poll, 35 per cent of American voters said they want Trump to keep tweeting from ‘@realDonaldTrump.’
Trump defended his use of social media during his presidential campaign, however, saying the ‘tremendous’ technology was an acceptable ‘modern form of communication.’
The president-elect did take to Twitter to bash ‘Saturday Night Live,’ after Alec Baldwin portrayed him looking clueless about the presidency
President-elect Donald Trump also used the medium to go after the New York Times and the news coverage he didn’t like
In addition to his personal Twitter profile the president-elect will also have full use of the official presidential ‘@POTUS’ account, which Barack Obama plans to hand over to him on January 20.
That account has 12.2 million followers – fewer than Trump’s.
The poll also found that about 59 per cent of voters are ‘optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president.’
Trump’s off-the-cuff tweets have served as an escape valve for his anger at Democrats, reporters and other critics.
On Tuesday he jabbed at The New York Times, saying on Twitter that the newspaper’s reporters ‘continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!’
He tweeted Sunday that an episode of Saturday Night Live that lampooned him wasn’t funny.
‘I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night,’ Trump wrote. ‘It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?’