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. Jan

    He could have made a very classy move by staying to shake Phil's hand after the tournament. That would have improved his ratings greatly, in my book.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Hill

    I watch when Tiger plays and I don't care about his personal life especially from the sanctimonious crowd that is constantly polling something or somebody.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jon

    People that say "we have all sinned", and have all "made great
    mistakes in our lives" are full of baloney! They probably are just trying to make it sound like all of this scandal is no big deal, because they are also cheating on their spouses, etc. It just makes them feel better to use that old "let ye cast the first stone who has not. . . . . . etc." routine. Many of us, I dare say most of us, have never done ANYTHING that even comes close to what this scumbag has done to his wife, his family, his image and hopefully to his career. WE made him a billionaire over the years with our acceptance of his image and related products.
    What he has done is so above and beyond the imagination that,
    although "he didn't killl anyone" like his mother says, the whole affair is so sordid and disgusting that I cannot see how people can cheer for him any more. What fools we are in that case.
    The Golf Channel will probably fawn over him as usual.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. McLuhan

    The rules of golf do not address the activities of the player off the course. One's score to par is not factored in with off course activities or even affected by judges, referees or umpires making questionable calls. Instant replay can be used on the spot or five years later and most of the time a player calls a foul on himself. The sport is pure in that the course itself is the real competitior, not the other player, only comparing scores to the course after the fact. Golf is a game and the talent to play it is independent of social mores. Tiger is a talent for the ages and he'll come around when he begins to appreciate his life, as did Bobby Jones, and will have the capacity to give back more than can be imagined. We want Tiger to be Tiger and the pros want Tiger to be Tiger. Before Tiger was "caught", one could say he was more than a person, he bacame "the" standard in golf and the benchmark of dominance so much so that he could have been considered a national treasure. No conversation about greatness and dominance could be uttered in sport without drawing on Tiger even before he was in his thirties. Remember, Tiger set an unbiased standard in Golf, not life!

    April 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Snead

    Get over it people...Tiger screwed up and got caught, period! He was completely wrong but do you honestly think he's really that much different than any the the other top 20 paid professional athletes or entertainers!?!? The guy is the best golfer to ever play the game, of course he wants to WIN, do you think Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jeter, Bird or anyobdy on that level competes paly for sloppy 2nd's (in this case 4th)? On the course he's still incredible to watch, and the rest of the golf world got reminded of that this past weekend...let's remember to judge the performance on the course. Phil won like everyone else does because he played better, not because he's the poster father and/or husband or because he smiles at the fans; get real. Lefty won becuase he posted the lowest score.

    The Golf Fan!

    April 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    Tiger Woods had an opportunity to win back a lot of fans. But instead, he lost one in me and probably many others by not only his behavior on the golf course but by his comments afterward. Sure, every golfer who enters a tournament enters it to win and at that level they expect to play well enough to win. But by finishing fourth at the Masters, after not playing tournament golf for 5 months, you'd think Tiger would be smiling and happy with his performance even if his game was off a bit. Instead he spoke as if he is King of Golf and should be crowned at every event. He made me sick and I could care less if he ever wins another PGA event. Spoiled rich brat is what he is.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KAB

    What makes Tiger's private life a public concern is the determined program by Woods and his handlers to restore him as a corporate sponsor (where 90% of his income came from). This can only done by convincing the public that Tiger is now a changed moral man. Not going to happen because Tiger has not changed and is the same self-centered liar who only cares about chasing Jack Nicklaus and not about his wife and family. No wonder Elin feels hurt by his priorities, especially after Tiger publicly acknowledged that his attempts at reconciliation would be judged by his actions, not his words. Woods actions in ignoring Elin and going to Augusta speaks very loudly. It could very well be that Woods just blew up any chance to save his marriage by rushing back to the Masters. He had a choice and could have waited. Very sad and pathetic.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce Hart

    i haven't liked tiger ever since he left fuzzy blowing in the wind. every man has to grow up eventually. i think it's time for tiger to grow up and be a gracious champion worthy of our respect. or if he doesn't have that in him then maybe he should just go away and party in vegas for the rest of his days.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grandpad Davie

    Let the man play golf. Keep his home life home!

    April 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick

    Everybody posting here who mentions "Tiger is human" "Tiger made a mistake, get over it" are missing the point of this poll. Did any of you watch his behavior on the golf course and the interview afterwards? He was pathetic and a Major (pun intended) disappointment!

    April 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ky'Anne

    Why of course!...The golden "Boy" didn't lay the golden egg.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    Reply to #47 What did you expect him to say? How about something like this "Well it was an incredible week. The support the fans, the club and my fellows professionals showed me was so deeply appreciated that saying thank you doesn't seem sufficient. I played my best and lost to a man who is a true champion not only on the course but off the course as well. I am so grateful for everything this sport has provided me and vow to do all I can to leave the legacy of this great game as untarnished as I found it."

    April 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bytor

    I no longer care how many majors Tiger wins. I view him in the same context as Barry Bonds. Someday Tiger may hold the record but I no longer believe a word that comes out of his mouth. He is just a self-centered sad case.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike in LA

    Tiger Woods is a great golfer who may eventually break all of Jack Nicklaus’ records, but he is not Jack Nicklaus, and certainly will never be a Bobby Jones. All sports have their great players, and some of those are both great players and great sportsmen. Woods is not a great sportsman, and I doubt he will every be one.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don McGuire

    CBS Sports aired the Tiger Woods Invitational this past weekend. Let's watch all his shots and not the contenders. Let's just talk to him and Westwood afterwards – not Couples, or Kim or anybody else who had a great day on the links. And to compare Tiger's last year and Phil's – ridiculous! They both had personal conflicts but they were NOT the same and you can't compare the two CBS! of course, ESPN just kept giving Tiger updates on THE LEAD ticker tape and then oh, by the way, Mickelson is winning. Get real!

    April 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
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