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. heygrrl

    As long as Tiger continues to lie and prevaricate about everything, he will never regain his former credibility or popularity. And he continues to lie every time he's interviewed. I have lost whatever respect I had for him.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tom fitzgerald

    I don't recall Tiger applying for role model of the year. He did attempt to be the best golfer in the world and succeed. The fact that he did not succeed at being the perfect husband has nothing to do with golf.
    If you or your kids put him on the pedestal based on him being a great golfer, that is your fault.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    Who honestly really cares about this situation still? Let the man play golf he never said he was a role model for anyones kids or the model for a perfect marriage. You should be the role model for your own kids because now that he failed you now you want to make him less of a person. Be your own child's role model so if you fail them you have no one else to blame but yourself. Everyone's pointing the finger at him but the ones that condemn him so strong might be the same ones doing what he did and now trying to make him a bad person. Who cares he's not my husband and he's not married to any of you on here either so unless you are directly affected by the situation meaning if you're his mother or wife, why in the hell do you think you need an explaination?

    April 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edo33

    Let's see. Phil Mickelson left the tour to be with his wife who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Tiger Woods left his wife as she chased him down the street with a golf club upon learning of his numerous infidelities. Tough choice. And we need a poll to tell us Tiger Woods image is going down???

    April 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JustMyOpinion

    For any golfer to be away from competitive golf and come in the top 5 is a tribute to their ability. Congrats to Phil but luck had a big reason for his win. Any one of his erratic shots could have been behind a tree and he would have lost.

    The Masters on Sunday has turned into a joke. The greens are too slick, the pin placements are horrible so it is no wonder that 19 out of the past 20 winners have come from the last group. Had Sunday been like Saturday with all the eagles, then it would have been great drama. The way it was, the golfer who got the most breaks wins.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob

    Jason, without Tiger Woods, the other players wouldn't get nearly as much money so they are all grateful to what may be the greatest golfer that ever lived.

    It's not your business how he handles himself outside the golf course. With 14 majors, Tiger Woods needs 4 more to match the Golden Bear and he WILL DO IT.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phyl

    Well what would you expect Tiger to say? Gee, I enetered this tournament just for the heck of it, I made some terribile shots, I lost by 5 strokes, so I'm just happy to be here. Really? He entered to win, he did not, he was angry at himself, & therefore his interivew with Nancee, asking dumb questions came off a little terse. Like no other golfer in the history og the game has given a terse interview after losing. Please, I can remember several times when Phil lost, he wouldn't even give an interview & I remember whe Garcia blamed his poor play on everthing & everybody but himself, so give it a rest.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. McLuhan

    When u have a billion dollars and everyone wants a piece of you, then u get to judge.Other than that, u have no opinion!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    As a golf fan, it was disappointing to see Tiger too often react with disgust, swear and continually let go of his clubs. I watched the coverage all four days and never saw another golfer behave like that. It was also disappointing to hear Tiger only talk about himself when he was interviewed after the tournament. The other golfers showed class by expressing their gratitude to play at the Masters and they also complimented their fellow golfers. I was hoping that Tigers personal challenges might have made him a more humble and respectful man by now.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patricia

    The difference between two champions are: Tiger Woods throws his wife under
    the bus. Phil Mickelson helps his wife on the bus. Enough said.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Tiger is over exposed by the stupid media. ABC's coverage of The Masters was horrible (more of Tiger than the leaders and very very little of anyone else). The announcer was so disappointed that Tiger did not win. The media needs to get back to reporting the facts and leave their opinions out of the reporting.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beverly

    Get Over It !!!! Tiger is a human being and he will make mistakes just like the rest of us humans. Tiger a great golfer and loves to play golf, let him play. Yes, I wish him the best with his wife and children. Give this man a break, it is just brutal that Tiger has to be the poster person for infidelity, when we know that there are plenty of men and women doing the same thing if not more right now. If Tiger does not answer a question the way to you so-called journalist want him to then you produce a headline. You have to sell this crap.
    If you did not like Tiger Woods before this, then you certainly will not like him now. One person once said to me, Tiger should let someone else win a tournament, because he is older and has been playing for a while without winning a major tournament. Golf is not a team sport, you have to make the right shot. Tiger is the number one golfer right now, he did not get to be number one because he decided that it was best to let the other guy win. Tiger did not put himself on a PEDESTAL, the media did. If you listen to Tiger when he wins or loses, he never blames anyone but himself. It is not the weather, he always says I did not play well enough to win. I blew chances. Remember Tiger's bad day on the golf course is better than most golfer's best day. Tiger should be very guarded when it comes all media, Hell all you want is another negative headline to sell about Tiger Woods. "Sports writers" have no entitlement to any sport or to any athlete. If you really want to write about something, follow the senators and representatives around DC for a day or two, you could really get headlines, they change there mind and apologize on a regular basis. They disrespect the president, scream out liar, use blackberry telephone during a joint session. These people get paid to make laws and complain about how many pages in a bill. They get paid to read, and they don't want to read. They vote no on healthcare, yet everyone of them has healthcare and only need to serve one congressional term to have healthcare for life. What Tiger did does not affect anyone but Tiger. We have too many other issues facing this country to focus on Tiger. There is a saying "if you don't have anything good to say about someone, then don't say anything at all." In other words, "turn your halo's off, let you batteries rest."

    "Turn your halo's off, let your batteries rest"

    April 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    Tiger is a great golfer no doubt, but he is very self centered. I can actually say that although I appreciate his skill, I never jumped on the Tiger "bandwagon". He made some pretty arrogant statements when he first became a pro, and although he may have backed up his arrogance with super play, arrogance is not something that is received well in the PGA. Golf is not pro basketball. Golf is a game of skill played by ladies and gentlemen with sportmanship, etiquette, grace, and humbleness win or lose. Tiger has nothing except the skill. He has never been humble about anything. His skill belongs in professional golf, his demeanor and low class belong in the N.B.A. I know there are other pro golfers lacking these traits overall, but when on the course they adhere to them, Tiger doesn't. I watched the masters and everytime Tiger had an open mike on him, and he hit a bad shot all I heard was g-dammit this and g-dammit that. I was thinking about the kids and older people who had to listen to that foul-mouthed adulterer. Yes, I do have a right to "privately" judge, it is called having a moral standard. He is a great golfer, but no golden boy and should not be treated as such. Golf was here before him, and will be here after him. It doesn't matter to me what he does, but don't put him on any pedestal. He will never match the greats of the game except in skill, and that is not enough for me. Tigers don't change their stripes.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Upset SPORTS FAN

    I laugh at the people who think Tiger personally owes them something. It really cracks me up. He owes his wife, family and himself the sincerity of apologizing and meaning it. And also to correct his actions, he doesn't owe that to anyone else. Maybe if people started looking at their own life and stopped staring and influencing others then maybe their own lives would command a little more respect. You people sound like gossip columnists, not sports fans. He's arguably the best golfer in history and commands a lot of respect on the course. You do know they call it "Personal Life" for a reason right?.... Please tell me you're respectable enough to know that answer.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Curtis NYC

    Tiger is a fraud. I completely agree that his infidelities are a private matter between him and his wife. However, when he portrays – and unbelievably, continues to portray – himself as a family man with dignity... strong core values... blah, blah, blah... that bothers me. Stop selling your phony image to the public. If Charles Barkley was caught having affairs, I wouldn't care one bit. He is who he is. But c'mon Tiger. Stop trying to fool us so you can sell us stuff again.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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