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Why Donald Trump Should Close His Twitter Account

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American voters, especially young voters, say 64 – 32 percent that the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump should close his personal Twitter account. Republicans say 49 – 45 percent Trump should keep his Twitter account.

Voters in every other party, gender, age and racial group say close the account. Voters 18 to 34 years old say 71 – 26 percent that Trump should close the Twitter account, higher than any other age group.

These are the findings from a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

“140 characters may not be enough to tell Donald Trump just how much Americans want him to knock off the tweeting,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said (in less than 140 characters).

“While the president-elect argues his missives inform, many say stow the phone.”

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The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

Among its other findings released Tuesday, the survey reveals that American voters approve 55 – 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his best approval rating in seven years.

These same voters disapprove 51 – 37 percent of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president-elect.

Donald Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama, 45 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say he will be a better president and 15 percent say he will be about the same, American voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll.

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Americans are optimistic 52 – 43 percent about the next four years with Trump as president and say 47 – 31 percent that he will help rather than hurt the nation’s economy.

Trump will be a “great” president, 12 percent of voters say; 30 percent say he will be a “good” president; 20 percent say he will be “not so good” and 32 percent say he will be “bad.”

The measures of Trump’s personal qualities all are more negative than they were in a November 22 Quinnipiac University poll:

  • 53 – 39 percent that he is not honest, compared to 52 – 42 percent November 22;
  • 49 – 44 percent that he has good leadership skills, compared to 56 – 38 percent;
  • 52 – 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 51 – 45 percent who said he did care;
  • 62 – 33 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 57 – 38 percent;
  • 71 – 25 percent that he is a strong person, compared to 74 – 23 percent;
  • 68 – 27 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 74 – 21 percent.

“President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most important job in the world,” said Tim Malloy of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“President-elect Trump gets points for strength and intelligence, but voters’ feelings about his personality traits, empathy, leadership and level-headedness, are headed south.”

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American voters give President-elect Trump a negative 37 – 51 percent favorability rating, compared to a divided 44 – 46 percent favorability rating November 22.

Vice President- elect Mike Pence gets a split 37 – 34 percent favorability rating. First Lady-in-Waiting Melania Trump gets a 29 – 22 percent favorability, with 43 percent who don’t know enough about her to form an opinion.

Donald Trump will take the nation in the right direction, 45 percent of American voters say, while 49 percent say he will take the nation in the wrong direction.

His policies will help their personal financial situation, 27 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say they will hurt and 42 percent say they will make no difference.

A total of 44 percent of voters are “very confident” or “somewhat confident” that Trump will make things better for them and their family, while 53 percent are “not very confident” or “not confident at all.”

American voters disapprove 40 – 30 percent of the individuals Trump has nominated for his cabinet, with 28 percent who say they haven’t heard enough about them.

Trump’s election makes them feel “less safe,” 45 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say they feel “more safe” and 27 percent say they feel “just as safe.”

Voters support 72 – 22 percent, including 52 – 42 percent among Republicans, a review of Trump’s finances to identify possible conflicts of interest.

From January 5 – 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 899 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. Live interviewers called landlines and cell phones to complete the survey.

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