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Poll: Trump's Tweeting Hurts His Approval Rating

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates the majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's social media habits. The data signaled that the president's daily tweets were lowering his overall approval rating.

On Aug. 8, a CNN/SSRS survey found that 38 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 56 percent disapproved. While 83 percent of self-identified Republicans approved of the president, only 35 percent of Independents and 7 percent of Democrats agreed, CNN reports.

The survey found most Americans were frustrated by Trump's frequent tweeting. Of those polled, 71 percent said Twitter was a risky way for a president to communicate while 72 percent said Trump's social media missives were sending the wrong messages to world leaders.

The poll also found 70 percent of national adults thought Trump's tweets too often appeared to be in response to news segments he had just seen while watching television. Among Republicans, 57 percent agreed with that view.

Of those polled, 60 percent said the president's tweets were easy to misunderstand while 63 percent deemed them misleading. While 71 percent of respondents said Trump's Twitter output did allow him to communicate with his supporters without a media filter, only 45 percent believed the social media platform was an effective way for him to share his views on important matters.

Trump's approval rating has steadily declined since he assumed office. On Jan. 24, FiveThirtyEight found that Trump had an average approval rating of 45.5 percent and an average disapproval of 41 percent. As of Aug. 8, the polling website found the president had an average approval rating of 36 percent and an average disapproval of 58 percent.

The CNN/SSRS survey indicated that Trump's controversial tweets played a role in his slipping approval ratings. The president has given no indication he will curb his social media habits.

"It's my voice," Trump said of his Twitter account during an interview with The New York Times. "They want to take away my voice. They're not going to take away my social media."

On Aug. 1, Trump took to his social media to assert that only news outlets were concerned by his Twitter missives.

"Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people)," Trump tweeted out. "Only way for me to get the truth out!"

On June 29, a Fox News Poll found that 71 percent of registered voters believed that Trump's tweets were hurting his policy agenda while only 17 percent believed the social media missives were helping. Only 13 percent of respondents approved of Trump's tweeting. The survey found 39 percent percent wanted the president to be more cautious when he took to social media while 46 percent disapproved of his tweeting altogether.

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