Elon Musk came to the negotiating table at Twitter with a rather singular public mindset regarding the social media giant: It needed to be a bastion of free speech for the world after devolving into a liberal hellscape years ago.
Musk recognized that the platform was discriminating against conservatives, and in a major way, and his purchase came with the caveat that he’d be looking to “unlock” the site’s true potential.
And while the media continues to push a narrative that vilifies Musk’s plans, it looks as though America is all about it.
A majority of Americans “support Elon Musk’s ongoing efforts to change Twitter to a more free and transparent platform,” a December Trafalgar Group poll shows.
Out of 1,085 likely general election voters polled between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, a majority — 52.3 percent — say they support Musk’s Twitter endeavors, 31.3 percent say they do not, and 16. 3 percent are unsure. The margin of error is ±2.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
When the “not sure” option is removed, 62.6 percent say they support Musk’s ongoing effort, while 37.4 percent say they do not.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats are much less supportive of free speech and transparency on the social media platform than Republicans. Nearly 60 percent of Democrats polled (59.3 percent) say they do not support Musk’s efforts, and 23.5 percent say they are not sure. A little over 17 percent support Musk.
Twitter’s censorship has long been considered lopsided, and Musk’s time at the helm has provided ever more evidence of this reality as well.