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. Rick

    The 2010 Masters turned out to be a story of two men and their priorities. Phil Mickelson's priorities are grounded in his family. Up until a few months ago, I thought that Tiger's were too. Someday, neither will be be able to play golf at the level that they do today. Then, the time and effort that they put into their family lives will become even more valuable. I hope that Tiger looks carefully at his life and re-affirms that his family is his priority. His future depends upon it.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ramses

    The thing is that he(Tiger) got caught.He will cheat again. He is wired by God almighty & nothing can change it. Rehabilitation is just a show & in his press conference he never appeared to be truly apologetic. I watched Masters yesterday, I knew Tiger would lose & he did. Michelson deserved to win. Down with Tiger. I do not trust him regarding his moral standing.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant

    Yeah, yeah, he was just distracted; we know he is just going to get laid and start winning again. It's Tiger Woods...hello? I thik he's WON before! lol

    April 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Tiger screwed up. Let the man alone. This will all be a non-issue in a year. Think about Kobe Bryant. Tiger will get back to winning – it just takes time. Phil is great too! What an awesome win, especially with everything going on in his life. Two guys, two lives. Totally separate. I think Phil is great but he could play from now until he was 100 and he still will never measure up to Tiger's current stats. Tiger is just that good. Sorry for all the Tiger haters but he is the best that ever lived. Period.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sanediego

    Can't we just celebrate Phil Micklson's excellence for awhile and give our thoughts and prayers to his family's fight against cancer and let the 4th or 5th place finisher this weekend be a footnote?

    April 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carolyn

    I could care less about Tiger's personal life. He still is the greatest golfer. Watched the Masters and was so happy for Phil to win. Tiger again acted out like a child. Oh well, hopefully he will just focus on family and golf and get his head back in the game.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Triggerfish

    Phil Mickelson deserved to win. He is a class act, a family man, a good husband and a role model for future golfers. Mickelson' s display of emotions were touching. I also read that he took his oldest daughter to the hospital saturday night because she broke her arm while roller skating. He is a great golfer and keeps things in perspective. Tiger's response to the reporter was truly unbelievable. His PR men must have winced. The guy couldnt say anything to the winner, no congratulations. Its all about TIger. He needs a lesson from Westwood who was gracious enough to say Phil deserved it and has had a bad year. Tiger should learn some manners.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |

    Why are so many people down on Tiger , yeah he cheated on his wife that bad, he is the greatest golfer in his era maybe the greatest of all time that will be debated one day. There are women that feel he is discussing because of his involvement with all these other women. Yes they might have reason to if they were married to him, but since they are not they should look in there own backyard before they try and clean someone else. Sandra Bullock had a comment on Tiger situation before her husband was exposed in extra-martial affairs.Karma is real so those who cast a stone should be careful. Remember he is a golfer PERIOD. Maybe his wife was not doing her wifely duties because that not sex addiction that lack of at home.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Case

    Well done Tiger, thanks for great match.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Leave it to Tiger to believe he lost the Master rather than Phil simply winning. What Elin must have felt seeing a loyal husband celebrating with his wife. I have experienced the pain of infidelity and the shame the cheated spouse feels. On the grandest stage in sports it is even more disturbing. Phil is a great champion for more than winning. He put his wife first because of the PROMISE that is made in marriage. Marriage is not always easy but when two stick together no matter what I can think of nothing more beautiful. Shame on all those that seek themselves before their marriage. Congrats Phil and I hope we see you here in Charlotte minus Tiger Woods.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Oden53

    This was the single most satisfying Matsers I have watched in 35 years. Yes, Tiger is the best golfer on the planet but Phil has much more going for him....integrity, love for and from his family and a gentlemanly quality that Tiger does not and cannot have. I don't wish Tiger any ill, I just don't care enough about him as a man to wnat to watch his tirades and foul language with every missed shot. Yes, Tiger is a past winner of the Masters but Phil is the true "champion".

    April 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Harris

    Tiger's morals or lack there of are his alone. The same holds true for Phil and the rest of us. I don't expect any athlete to abide by my moral standards no do i plan to judge or abide by theirs.
    Tiger Woods will live his life the way he sees fit regardless of how any of us feel about him. If he does not he is a weak and very vunerable human being.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ken

    Over the last few months, we've all learned what Tiger is really like. And when we did, it's hard to separate the man from the golfer.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Agree with Tracy – it's really none of our business to delve into his personal and family issues. However, his approval drop could be the result of the profanity he unknowingly used on national TV after a bad drive – just not going to help his PR image right now...

    April 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phil

    Congrats to Phil M for winning a 3rd green jacket! He handled himself with humility and grace which is typical of what I have seen from him over the years. I hope his personal life continues to progress in a positive way and I pray he has the strength to keep his focus on his family which is where it appears to be. As far as Tiger is concerned, I keep trying to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope he too can clean up his personal life. However, what really caused my respect to go even lower for Tiger this weekend is having to put up with his outbursts on bad shots and hearing him say "God D*** It" and "Jesus Christ" a couple of times. Perhaps they will need to put a time delay on golf now to avoid hearing Tiger's foul mouth. Great role model for the kids Tiger! I'd like to think he is taking his life more seriously, but he clearly doesn't care very much about the impression he leaves. Yes, he is a gifted golfer ... but I'm not a fan any longer after this weekend. And how sad that he isn't a Christian person on top of all his other troubles. I wish him the best and pray he can improve his personal life, but he just distanced himself a lot more this weekend from any ounce of respect he may have been trying to earn back in my opinion!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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