New York (ANI): Tiger Woods" popularity is on a downward spiral, and a new poll has shown how golf"s one-time king of the hill is languishing under a mountain of bad publicity. According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, Woods" "favourable" rating dropped to 33 percent, which is significantly down from the 85 percent favourable rating he got in June 2005, when he bordered on beloved.
His 'unfavourable' rating surged to 57 percent from only 8 percent four years ago. The new numbers come after a horrendous three-week public unravelling, which involved news of another adulterous affair involving the image-conscious golf great everyday.
Woods opened the decade with the highest popularity rating in Gallop history—a humongous 88 percent—which helped him become one of corporate America"s premier pitchmen. But his popularity came crashing down after a quirky car accident lifted the lid on Tiger"s string of mistresses.
"For many years, Woods was the most positively rated person we rated. Now he ranks worse than a lot of the politicians we measure. The drop is definitely unprecedented," the New York Post quoted Jeffrey Jones, the Gallup Poll"s managing editor as saying.
The national poll of 1,025 U.S. adults was done from Friday through Sunday and respondents were asked their opinion after Woods" admitted to "infidelity." Woods" popularity suffered most with women—his unfavourable rating is 8 points higher among women, 61 percent, than men, 53 percent.