Have Opinions on Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover Changed?

Although Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has generated a lot of controversy, a survey by YouGov found that most people approved of his decision. Eight months after he announced his intention, and after having finally gone through with it after considerable back and forth, Americans continue to hold a favorable view with all things having been considered and taken into account. This comes from a second poll that YouGov conducted on the same topic, and it highlights what Americans think about the man himself.

Back in April when the first poll was conducted, around 30% of Americans thought that he was going to do a good job. It turns out that his approval ratings are even higher, with 34% of Americans now saying the same. In spite of the fact that this is the case, more people have an unfavorable impression of how he is handling things as well. That seems to suggest that people are coming to more concrete conclusions after seeing him in action, since that can make his competence more apparent than might have been the case otherwise.

24% of Americans disapproved of Musk’s acquisition back in April, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that 29% are now saying the same. As for the people who think that it is neither good nor bad, this has dropped by just one point from 18% in April to 17% as of right now.

One area where Musk has seen a bit of a decline in terms of his public perception is his level of perceived influence. 52% of people thought he was an influential figure back in April, but now this number has dropped to just 37%.

Musk may have shot himself in the foot by buying Twitter. Even though people still think he can do a decent job, more people believe otherwise and his public perception has taken a hit. Only time will tell whether or not Musk would be able to justify his decision by turning Twitter into a better social media platform than it already was.

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