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Poll: Americans want Trump to shut down his Twitter account

President-elect Donald Trump at the clubhouse of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster Township, N.J., on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Credit: EPA / Peter Foley

A majority of American voters believe President-elect Donald Trump should shut down his personal Twitter account and most say they are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that he would veto a bill that is good for the nation but bad for his business interests, according to a poll released Tuesday.

But 59 percent also say they are “optimistic” about the next four years under his leadership, Quinnipiac University found.

Trump, even after his election, has used Twitter frequently to update followers about his transition and in recent days, criticize the cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” for what he characterized as its harrassment of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

On Sunday, Trump also tweeted that NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which lampoons him frequently, is a “totally one-sided, biased show — nothing funny at all.”

Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director, said in a statement, “Voters tell President-elect Donald Trump, ‘You’ve got the job. Now be a leader not a tweeter.’”

The poll showed 59 percent want him to cease using a personal Twitter account and 53 percent are concerned about whether his business interests will influence his Oval Office decisions.

Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway earlier this week told CNN that the president-elect uses Twitter to “cut through the nonense of people telling Americans what is important to them.”

She condemned scrutiny of his tweeting, asking, Who is to say Trump can’t “spend five minutes on a tweet and making a comment and still be president-elect?”

Quinnipiac polled 1,071 voters between last Thursday and Sunday via landline and cell phone. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Nearly half of respondents — 49 percent — say Trump, a real estate mogul, will make a “great” or “good” president.

Asked about their expectations of Trump, 53 percent of voters said he will take the country in the right direction, 43 percent say he will bring their health care costs down, 66 percent say he will create jobs and 45 percent say he will lower their taxes.


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