More than 60 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump should stop using his personal Twitter account, according to a new poll released on the same day that the president used his social media platform to attack MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” the president wrote online Thursday morning. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
While the Quinnipiac University poll was conducted before the president’s latest Twitter outburst, those reached by the survey indicated that Trump should stop publishing such posts. Sixty-one percent of respondents said the president should abandon his preferred social media platform, compared to 32 percent who said he should continue tweeting.
Thursday’s flurry of Twitter attacks against Brzezinski prompted a fresh round of condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike, and it is far from the first time that Trump has stirred controversy with his social media accounts. Prominent Republicans have publicly called on the president to tone down his online rhetoric, while his administration has insisted that Trump uses social media to circumnavigate the press and speak directly to the American people.
Overall, Trump’s approval rating climbed in the poll, up 6 percentage points relative to Quinnipiac’s June 7 poll to 40 percent. His disapproval rating, while still high, also improved slightly, dipping 2 points from earlier this month to 55 percent. The percentage of respondents who said Trump is not level-headed also improved relative to early June, dipping from 68 percent to 63 percent.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from June 22-27, reaching 1,212 voters nationwide via landlines and cell phones. The poll’s margin of error was plus-or-minus 3.4 points.