US POLITICS

Voters To Donald Trump: Delete Your Account

New poll shows the majority of voters want Trump to stop using his personal account when he takes office

US POLITICS
Illustration: Diana Quach
Jan 10, 2017 at 4:15 PM ET

If you think president-elect Donald Trump shouldn’t be spending the weeks leading up to his inauguration tweeting about Saturday Night Live and Meryl Streep, you’re not alone. A majority of Americans would like president-elect Donald Trump to get rid of his personal Twitter account, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Almost 900 people were surveyed for the poll, which was broken down by age, race, political affiliation, and education. Sixty-four percent said Trump should not keep his personal Twitter account when he assumes the presidency and just 32 percent said he should (the rest didn’t know or had no opinion).

Those results were pretty much the same across race, education, and most age groups, but there were big differences when it came to gender and political affiliation. While just 27 percent of women said Trump should keep his personal account, 37 percent of men thought he should. And while 49 percent of Republicans apparently thought Trump’s reactionary, contradictory, and often uniformed tweets about actresses, Russia, and cars built in Mexico were a good idea, 80 percent of Democrats thought Trump should delete his personal account. This mirrors the feelings of one of the most famous Democrats  Hillary Clinton who tweeted this meme at Trump during the campaign:

Age-wise, a bigger percentage of voters between 18 and 34 years old thought Trump should delete his personal account (71 percent) compared to the total. The other age groups mirrored the total pretty closely.

Trump’s tweets have come under fire for the way he lashes out at individuals, other countries, and companies alike. While Trump has been reluctant to hold press conference and go into detail about his policies or plans, he seemingly jumps at the chance to get into the fray by tossing out a few tweet-proclamations in response to press reports he doesn’t like.

Once Trump is sworn into office, he will inherit the @POTUS Twitter account from President Obama, from which he can presumably tweet whatever he wants. Whether he’ll also use his personal account to continue responding to his critics remains to be seen.