While many Americans disapprove of the president’s use of the social media site, Donald Trump continues to arm Twitter, with opponents such as his predecessor Barack Obama a regular target.
Obama made a high-profile speech as he expressed his concern about Trump’s actions during his White House speech so far during his National Democratic Convention (DNC) speech, suggesting that his successor had not risen to the gravitas of the role and was unable to do so.
Trump resorted quickly to his line of attack on the former Democratic president of Obama gate, criticizing him in all-caps Tweets in rebuke of the pointed remarks against his abilities.
While the president persists in using Twitter as a means of messaging the masses, with 85 million followers on his timeline and the attention of the world media, this means of communication with the electorate has long been unpopular.
YouGov tracks public opinion on the president’s tweets, posing the question regularly: “Do you think that the way Donald Trump uses Twitter is appropriate or inappropriate for the president of the United States?”
Its latest findings showed that 59.6 of those questioned in their weekly surveys, with between 1,061 and 1,353 registered voters in the U.S. questioning each time, said they thought it was unacceptable to use Twitter.
The answer has been mostly around this point throughout his tenure, typically in the range of 60 percent with the inappropriate ranking.
While that tracking showed most people with a negative view of Trump’s tweets, according to polls, Obama is viewed favorably by most people.
YouGov Ratings indicates that 55 percent have a favorable impression of Trump, based on polls between August 2019 and 2020.
Separate polling from Morning Consult/Politico showed 58 percent of 1,994 registered voters asked from August 14 to 16 had a favorable opinion, compared to 37 percent unfavorable.
As well as this indicating Obama’s popularity surpasses the level of approval for Trump’s tweets, more people in the poll viewed him favorably than the current president as well.
Less than half of respondents, 39 percent, said they had a favorable view of Trump and 57 percent said unfavorable.
The Trump campaign was asked for comment by Newsweek.
Trump’s Twitter barbs at Obama are not the first time he’s hit out this year at DNC speakers.
He also pushed back, after their remarks, on statements from former first lady Michelle Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Recent polls indicated people think the president tweets “too much,” though others don’t believe what he shares.
In the past, Trump himself has said he often regrets items he shares on the internet, indicating that retweets may be especially troublesome.