President Donald Trump acted unacceptably when he insulted MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter last week, nearly two-thirds of voters say in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Sixty-five percent of voters say Trump’s tweets were unacceptable, the poll shows, while just 16 percent say they are acceptable.
The poll was conducted June 29-30, beginning just hours after Trump called Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” last Thursday and wrote that she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when visiting his Palm Beach, Florida, club over the New Year’s holiday. The poll was already in the field when Trump, the next morning, tweeted that Brzezinski’s program, “Morning Joe” was “FAKE NEWS” and suggested that Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the former Florida congressman, asked Trump to stop the National Enquirer from reporting a romantic relationship between the two co-hosts.
The poll concluded before Trump turned his ire on another media outlet, CNN, tweeting a wrestling video doctored to make it appear that Trump was body-slamming and assaulting the network.
Democrats overwhelmingly say Trump acted inappropriately: Only 9 percent say his tweets were acceptable, compared to 82 percent who call them unacceptable. Among Republicans, 28 percent say Trump’s tweets were acceptable, while a 46-percent plurality say they were unacceptable. Just 12 percent of independents say Trump’s statements were acceptable, and 65 percent say they weren’t.
A slight majority of all voters, 51 percent, say that Trump’s tweets about Brzezinski make them view the president either somewhat or much less favorably. Seventeen percent say the tweets make them view Trump more favorably.
"This is just the latest example of Americans growing tired of Trump’s tweets," said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer. "We’ve polled many times about his Twitter habits and each time more and more Americans say they would prefer he used the platform less."
The poll surveyed 1,989 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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