April 12th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

CNN poll shows Tiger's favorable rating drops

Fewer than four in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Tiger Woods, down a few percentage points from the previous month, according to a new national poll released Monday.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 39 percent of the public views Woods in a positive light, down four points from March, when 43 percent had a favorable view of him.

"His ratings seemed to have slipped most among men and higher-income Americans," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The reason for the differences is unclear. It's probably not his participation in the Masters this weekend, since in an earlier poll only one in five said that Woods should wait longer before returning to professional golf. And it wasn't his fourth-place showing in the Masters, since most interviews were conducted before the results were known."

Whatever the reason, Woods' public image has dropped a long way. Until recently, Woods was one of the most popular figures in America, with favorable ratings exceeding 80 percent.

Following his car accident in the early morning hours after Thanksgiving night, Woods still was viewed positively by six in 10 Americans. But after his subsequent admission of infidelity, his rating dropped to 34 percent. It has increased a little since then, but Woods seems unlikely to regain all of his popularity in the near future.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. - CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

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  1. karin

    Tiger Woods is a great golfer...likely the greatest ever. I am a fan of Tiger because of that and no other reason. Also, it must be argued that he brings an excitement to the game that no one else does.

    I am very glad he is back and that he acquitted himself well at the Masters.

    I have no interest in his personal life whatsoever.

    I must say I dislike all these nasty judgemental comments. Exactly what do they gain anybody? Absolutely nothing, in my opinion. To quote an old saying 'if you can't say something good about somebody, say nothing'. None of us is perfect.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ivory67

    I haven't liked Tiger since he was an amateur. He's arrogant and smug. I love watching golf and I'm so glad Phil won!! Forget Tiger... he's shown his true colors. Swearing and throwing clubs on the golf course is bad form. Phil is a winner in all things!!

    April 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    I agree with much of what has been said. What really pushed my buttons into the "anti-Tiger" camp was the ad and his general attitude. The ad was cynical and manipulative, and it takes a personal issue, makes it very public, and essentially tries to capitalize on it. And make no mistake about it, his endorsements are all tied up in how he is perceived coupled with how he plays. Take either of these down a few notches and his value as a commodity to sponsors goes way down.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marquis

    Tiger is a golfer. Why are people making him out to be anything else. I don't care what his marital situation is. Why should anyone other than his wife? If anyone has an opinion of him as a person now, are you an ADULT that needed a role model in him or something?

    April 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fran

    Enough already – get a life people. There are those that don't like Tiger and those that do. We can all agree to disagree on Tiger's life but in the end, it is between him and his wife. As to Phil and his win – congratulations but you still have a long way to go to catch Tiger. Phil 3 majors – Tiger 14 majors (and it would be more if you counted the amateur). Of course for years they were counted in Jack's numbers but when Tiger started adding up the majors and he was inching closer to Jack's record, then that all changed. The media will continue to play this storyline out until the world comes to an end. Again enough already! Tiger is a golfer that's it! He didn't kill anyone, he isn't a world leader – he is just a golfer and a pretty damn good one at that. Even after being out for 5 months, he STILL competed. I personally wish he would totally walk away from the game and let the tour sink!

    April 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John T.

    Let him play golf. He is right....he came to win. All this nonsense about him saying "Tiger, you suck" during the round??? What's the big deal, commercials have this word "suck" on it all the time.....
    One thing about the tournament, Phil Mickelson deserves a tremendous admiration for his golf and his support for his family. I know....I've had a wife with cancer and being able to play at World competiton level and still have so much devotion to his family is something that should be highly and honestly cherished. People should focus on the positives; its the media that throws all this BS into our heads and we all get caught up in it. No BOO's for anyone, golf is golf and life is life....get on with it.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John T.

    Anyone who has played golf and hasn't said "I suck" must be at church on Sunday morning instead of playing golf.

    April 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hymie

    I find it incredible that all of a sudden Phil is the epitomy of what is right and Tiger has morphed into an evil person and symbolically anyway, the enemy of morality as we should live it. Phil was once named by a poll as one of the most hated players by his fellow pros and it is known he is a reckless gambler. It is also rumored that he also had affairs. We don't know because it is not a good story line, certainly not right now. This does not make him a terrible person. But it makes him every bit the hypocrite that Tiger was. Again it depends on which "truth" you believe. Phil devotion to his wife is very comendable, but is that the whole story? While Tiger is very businesslike and Phil very friendly to the fans, Tiger appears to have more respect than Phil from his peers. Why? Again the media is reluctant to explore this angle and again certainly not right now. But they are both normal sports superstars with a sense of entitlement that is very ordinary given the circumstances. This is not to say that every athlete is like this, but certainly way more than the general population and this is only likely because the access is not there for the average joe. I find the bigger problem is with the media. Most reporters will not investigate the real stories behind athletes such as Mickelson or Woods, at least until it became impossible to ignore, because it impacts their access to the athletes and would affect their jobs. Certainly understandable, but judging others? Cmon. How's that for real hypocrisy.

    April 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sandy Hines

    Tiger Woods was a "hero" until he took off his mask and let it all hang out. His disrespect of his late father, his wife, his mother and all his followers is , at this point, killing any interest in him or his game. He did fairly well yesterday but his game was clouded over by his profanity and his use of Jesus' name inappropriately! I followed him since he was a kid and watched every match that was televised....only the truth would allow me to take off my rose colored glasses and see the "hero" for what he is, a fool who is laughable in his need for the kind of women he has chosen and the money he has had to spend to keep them in line. Thank God his father has passed because he would see his son for what he really is, a poor excuse of a man. It's a shame on so many levels! Long live a good golfer and good man like Phil who quickly went to embrace his wife in a way that was loving and genuine. Is Tiger still the golfer that he thinks he is.....obviously not. Golf would be better off without him, his mouth and his tantrums! Who needs to watch this?

    April 13, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Broth

    I can't wait until Tiger cub gets a tongue lashing from the gallery for cursing and being a punk. Tiger will curse and hopefully the collective audience will say "shut your foul mouth and show a little respect for the game, kids watching, and your fellow players".

    April 13, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. sue

    I agree with many people out there who want to see Tiger do better than this! This whole sordid mess just goes on and on... My hope for Tiger: that he somehow finds enlightenment and contentment. So much the better for him if it would include bringing joy to his family.

    April 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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