Tiger Woods‘ apology seemed sincere to more than half of Americans, but his popularity remains in the weeds.
In an ABC News/ESPN poll conducted from Feb. 25 to 28, 54 percent of 1,004 respondents said that Woods was sincere when he said he was sorry for the damage done by his admitted extramarital affairs. Twenty-two percent did not believe the apology, and 24 percent had no opinion.
But only 39 percent had a favorable impression of the golfer after his admission. Woods’ popularity has been on a steady decline since the story of his affairs broke. That’s a far cry from his approval ratings in 2000 (88 percent), 2001 (84 percent) and 2005 (85 percent).
While companies like Gatorade and Gillette have canceled Woods’ endorsement deals, 31 percent of those polled agreed with those decisions, but 54 percent thought that the golfer should remain a spokesperson for their products.
Finally, most of those polled are ready to give Woods a mulligan, but they don’t think his wife should be so forgiving. Fifty-five percent said they are ready to forgive Woods, while only 29 percent say Elin Woods should do the same. Twenty-one percent said she shouldn’t forgive him, and 42 percent of those polled said it’s none of their business.