More than half of Americans say they think President Donald Trump tweets simply to “express himself” – not to announce official policy – a new survey shows.
A new YouGov survey of adults (18+ years old) reveals that 54% of Americans say Trump’s tweets are not meant to announce official government policy – more than three times the percent who believe they are:
YouGov Poll: Do the President’s tweets represent government policy?
- Yes: 16%
- No: 54%
- Not Sure: 30%
Likewise, 53% say they think Trump tweets merely to express his feelings – more than twice the percent who believe he has some other motive:
Do you think the President’s tweets are just a way to express himself?
- Yes: 53%
- No: 25%
- Not Sure: 22%
But, Trump has already publicly declared that the real reason he tweets is because it’s the only way he can defend himself from “dishonest and unfair’ media” who use “phony and non-existent” sources to publish false stories attacking him:
“I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair ‘press,’ now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent ‘sources’ are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!” – Dec. 30, 2017 Tweet
Last October, Trump explained to Fox News Channel that he uses social media like Twitter to combat “unfair,” “fake news,” as well as to force liberal media to report on real news they would otherwise ignore.
“I doubt I’d be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you – because, there is a fake media out there. I get treated very unfairly by the media, and I have a tremendous platform.”
“So, when somebody says something about me, I’m able to go bing, bing, bing – and I take care of it.
“The other way, I’d never be able to get the word out.”