On Tuesday, Elon Musk claimed that he will abide by the results of a recent Twitter poll and resign as CEO of the platform “as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job,” while remaining on the software and servers teams. Given the swift policy changes and reversals under his ownership, it’s uncertain when or if the personnel change might occur.
Musk also entertained the idea that his poll was potentially compromised by bots. But if CivicScience’s data is any indication, his Twitter poll was not far off – and might have tilted a hair too far in his own favor. According to our recent poll, 60% of U.S. adults think Musk should resign as CEO (compared to 57.5 who answered ‘yes’ on the Twitter poll). Among daily Twitter users, 65% think he should resign.
His overall favorability has continued to decline since the last time CivicScience checked at the very beginning of November. As of November 4, 42% of U.S. adults held a favorable opinion of the Twitter owner compared to 58% who viewed him unfavorably. Through much of December, those favorability figures sit at 39% and 61%, respectively. After enjoying positive approval as recently as May of this year, his favorability gap only appears to be widening.
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