Poll: Majority of Americans don’t like Trump’s tweeting

If you don’t like Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, you’re not alone.

Most Americans believe that the president-elect’s constant use of Twitter is a bad idea, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.

Sixty-nine percent of adults agreed with the statement that Trump’s use of Twitter is bad because “in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review,” the WSJ said Wednesday. But 26 percent agreed that his tweeting was a good thing because “it allows a president to directly communicate to people immediately.”

Among Republicans, 47 percent think his use of Twitter is bad, while 46 percent think it is good. Two-thirds of independents and 89 percent of Democrats agree with the 47 percent of the Republicans.

The poll results come after Trump just said that he plans to continue tweeting from his personal Twitter account after he officially becomes president, singing the praises of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a way for him to reach the masses directly without having to deal with the pesky media.

“The tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press,” Trump told the press — in this case, the Sunday Times in London.

He also seems to relish that he could make news by tweeting.

“I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news.’ ”

He sure made news with his tweets over the weekend, when he lashed out at civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who said he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration and said the real estate mogul’s presidential victory was “illegitimate” because of allegations of Russian interference in the election.

The Twittersphere responded with photos of Lewis marching, getting arrested and more during the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. There are now nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers skipping Trump’s inauguration, and some of them cite Trump’s tweets about Lewis as one of the factors.

This new poll, which was conducted Jan. 12 to 15 among 1,000 adults, is just the latest survey that reflects people’s unease with Trump’s Twitter use. Last month, a McClatchy/Marist poll found that 66 percent of registered voters said they thought Trump’s tweeting style was “reckless and distracting.”

Others targeted by Trump on Twitter include businesses, “Saturday Night Live,” celebrities who speak out against him, “sleazebag political operatives,” other countries and their leaders, and many many more.

Speaking of polls, Trump reportedly has the worst approval rating (40 percent) of any incoming president in the last 40 years.

The incoming president tweeted about that, of course.


Photo: Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 28, 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP)


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