NBC/WSJ poll: 7 in 10 Americans don’t approve of Trump’s Twitter use
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Nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t approve of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE’s Twitter habits, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Wednesday.


Just 26 percent say his use of the social media site is a good thing, while a majority of the country — 55 percent — disagrees with the president-elect’s use of Twitter.


Trump has long used Twitter to circumvent the communication channels typically used by presidents, such as on-air addresses and press conferences. But the website has also caused trouble for Trump, often leaving unclear whether its 140-character messages amount to official positions.



Trump has also used the platform to attack people who openly criticize him. Over the weekend, Trump targeted Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Twitter after Lewis said in an interview that he does not view the real estate mogul as a “legitimate president.” Just days earlier, the president-elect slammed Meryl Streep as a “Hillary flunky,” when the actress and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Democratic super PAC to hit Trump in battleground states over coronavirus deaths Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE supporter delivered a speech critical of Trump at the Golden Globes.


The NBC/WSJ poll also found a significant discrepancy between how Democrats and Republicans view the president-elect’s tweets. Among Democrats, nearly 9 in 10 say it’s bad, while only 9 percent approve. Republicans, on the other hand, are more evenly split, with 46 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving.

Among independents, 67 percent said Trump’s Twitter habit was a bad thing, and 27 percent said it was good.