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. Henry

    It was his disingenuous ad.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wla

    Phil's a champ and Tiger's a chump...

    April 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. smancometh

    Well, I have said it before and I'll say it again. Tiger is a spoiled brat, punk with absolutely no humility. If you want to root for this clown, go for it, but I like the quiet guys that are real leaders. This guy still blows up on the golf course and swears on TV...none of the other pro do this. Like I said before, he now has no chance at the Golden bears record...none whatsoever...go away Tiger.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Susan

    CNN obviously has WAY too much time on their hands. This is a ridiculous poll. As someone else here said – he is a golfer not a politician. Who cares what his favorable/unfavorable rating is. Who cares that he didn't win on Sunday? He does maybe but that doesn't mean he's a washed up has-been. He'll win again and you can bet dollars to donuts that it was his presence at the Masters that gave them the great ratings they had.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R. Jesse Harwell

    My concern is with how the media hanldes the reporting of golf tournement leaders. There were an abundent amount of story lines that could have and should have been followed for the leaders of each round. Fred Couples, Tom Watson , Lee Westwood and of course the eventual winner Phil Michealson.

    Unfortunately all the public was bombarded with was Tiger Wood stories and he never lead one round.

    My personal opinion is the leader should garner the headlines and Tiger should be left in the backdrop just as everyone else is.

    Tiger is not the only golfer in the world.

    Give credit where creit is due.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    Wow another Tiger story. The media keeps beating a dead horse; this story has gone on to long. I am a Tiger fan and will continue to be a fan. His personal life is his business. As for Phil, glad to see him win another Jacket, but we don't know what he is doing with his private life accept want he wants use to see, just ask Tiger.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Razorfizh


    Your trust and his moral standing has what to do with his ability to play golf? I don't get what motivates people to judge sports figures by their off-field morals. The guy didn't break the law, he didn't kill anyone, but shall we burn the guy at the stake anyway? The guy is a legendary golfer but he doesn't deserve to ever play golf again because he screwed up in his personal life? I know – lets ban all people from sports that cheat on their spouses so we can watch sports that only have players of high moral fiber. (wonder how many athletes would be left?)

    They make soap operas on TV for people that care about that sort of BS. Now go watch the soaps and let the rest of us enjoy golf played by ALL the best golfers in the world.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JA

    Anyone who watched the Masters this weekend saw Tiger go from promising to be a "new man and role model" as far as his outbursts on the course were concerned, to being the same old ascerbic, testy, whiny Tiger he's always been. I don't believe a word he says about his rehabilitation. There's a reason his wife escaped to another continent instead of being at Augusta. Not only did the better and classier golfer win the Masters, the better and classier man won the Masters. Congratulations Phil and Amy!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ed b

    Tiger is an idiot and always will be. His attitude rrequires mucho adjustment. He was only one caught swaering on TV.

    Big baby that never grew up. Wish he will stay away longer next time.

    The bets folks won.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joseph cecil smith jr

    Tiger Woods is good at hitting a ball around a lawn, very good at hitting the little ball into holes.. and he's also really good at conning women into bed, lying to his wife, breaking his wedding and his family up.. WHY DO WE HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT Tiger every single day? this is the reason his popularity is going down, people are sick of hearing about this lowlife who can hit a ball around a grass field better than most other people. Also, of the ten or so women Tiger dated, they were all white, and it's an obvious sign of inner issues.
    i wish the man peace, and anonymity, and i wish he'd go away. or at least very very low profile until he solves some major human problem, instead of just hitting a little white ball very accurately around a grass field, into lots of little holes ... yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john f

    Tiger's popularity and what he does in his personal life is our business because he is selling an image, though the image he has sold in the past was not a true representation to how he is at all. He is and always has been since he was introduced on Merv Griffin at 3 years old a media persona. The media made him and broke him by exposing his sordid personal life. Probably the only people who really care about Tiger's ratings aside from him are his sponsors, as Nike tried to soften things with that atonement commercial. Tiger is and probably always will be a smug, infantile, dispicable, duchebag of a human being who will win golf tournaments,break records, make money and continue to act like rules and laws really weren't written for him, When that type of attitude and lifestyle have been practiced for so long just like his golf swing, changing it will take an act of Buddah!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RaceToTheBottom

    I think Eldridge wants to be liked again, but it will be more difficult than he thinks, even after this tourney. Even in his "good" news conference, he was talking in the third person about his mistakes and comparing himself to older golfing stars who had car crashes? Unless the crashes were caused by trysts, I don't think they are comparable...

    I think that the reason why he said recently that he will take some more time off means that he now realizes that the news conference was easy compared to what he has to accomplish. I think that he now knows being a SOB is part of his performance on the golf course. He cannot hit those one in a million shots without feeling that yes I can have 20 odd bimbos to support my personal waxing needs.... Intimidating other golfers by sneaking into their view (as he did while Y.E. Yang's was putting) and repeating over and over that he only enters to win (like a 15 year old AA ball player...) has gotten old. They are no longer intimidated by a loose philanderer. They will hide their daughters but they will no longer be intimidated by him....

    Golf is great, it shows the real human underneath the facade

    April 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M.C. Mc

    The CBS reporter interviewing Tiger yesterday should have said, "Tiger, come on, You have not played in over 4 months, and you have just finished the Masters in 4th place. That alone is a major accomplishment. . . . . " If Tiger is going to have the attitude that he has to win every event he enters, that is one overly self-asorbed, self-centered person. Enough already!!!! Get over yourself. Now, Tiger, get back out there and practice, practice, practice. It's what your father would want you to do.. The Masters was Phil's to win this year!!!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jody

    Tiger was in 4th, media acts like it's the end of the world. Phil Mickelson won. I like the old CNN..I might as well read National Enquirer.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sushil Thapa

    What Tiger did was very wrong and disgusting. He has been criticized and ripped apart outright, day and night since his sex scandal was divulged. We all know he has paid a very high price for his immoral act . It is obvious that Tiger haters will never shut up,and will continue to verbally attack him. It is high time we get over it. Unarguably,his comeback to competitive golf has been successful, and we are bound to see the old Tiger in terms of performance in the days to come. It is a matter of time he finds his groove and starts burning the course .

    April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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