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Americans to Trump: Please delete your Twitter account

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 4:31am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 4:31am

Fifty-nine per cent of voters think Donald Trump should delete his Twitter account, according to a national poll from Quinnipiac University released Tuesday.

In the two weeks since the election, Trump has alternated between tweeting formal announcements regarding the transition and continuing to denounce perceived attacks, from the cast of the musical “Hamilton” to “Saturday Night Live” to The New York Times.

On Tuesday, Trump fired off a string of tweets starting at 6 am, saying he had cancelled a planned meeting with the newspaper’s executives, reporters and columnists and complaining about their “nasty tone.” The meeting was quickly rescheduled later that morning.

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

Trump used the platform to great effect during his presidential campaign, bypassing the media to get his often brash comments directly to the public. In his interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” after the election, he called Twitter “a great form of communication.”

“I’m going to be very restrained,” he said when he was asked about using Twitter as president. “If I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained.”

The official Twitter account of the presidency, @POTUS, will be handed over to Trump after his inauguration. President Barack Obama’s tweets will be archived.

Most voters, 61 per cent, said that Trump will act better as president than he did during the campaign, while 11 per cent said they think he will act worse and 25 per cent did not expect his behaviour to change in the White House.

In the same poll, voters said 59-37 per cent that they are “optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president,” even though they also think 52-42 per cent that he is not honest.