Toluna asked 1,036 adults aged 18+ in the UK about their thoughts on Elon Musk’s impending acquisition of Twitter.
The world’s richest person, according to Forbes magazine, has agreed to buy Twitter for $44bn (£34.5bn).
Musk believes the social media platform has huge potential and plans to make some big changes when he becomes the official owner—and the UK public seems to buy into this vision.
43% of all respondents personally care about Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, rising to 59% among active Twitter users.
Despite reports of people boycotting Twitter because of the billionaire’s intended takeover, over a third (35%) of respondents in the UK said that they like Elon Musk. That figure was notably higher among 18-34 year-olds (47%) and active Twitter users (47%).
When asked how they’d describe him:
42% said he’s driven
40% believe he is intelligent
37% think he is innovative
35% said he’s powerful
31%, not surprisingly, said he was controversial
22% said he’s fearless
In terms of what company they mostly associate Elon Musk with:
An overwhelming majority (65%) said Telsa
11% said they mostly associate him with SpaceX
7% associate him the most with payment platform PayPal
And will we use Twitter more or less when Musk takes over?
78% of all respondents said it won’t impact their Twitter usage – however, 6% said it will encourage them to use the platform for the first time
14% of active users said they will use Twitter more, compared with 5% who will use it less or stop using it altogether
20% of those between 18-34 years old will use Twitter more often
Will Musk make Twitter better?
37% of those surveyed believe Musk’s takeover will improve the performance of Twitter, rising to 49% of active Twitter users
Indeed, 15% of respondents said the performance of Twitter will improve a lot under his ownership