There's a continued, much bigger gap between golf fans and non-fans in terms of Woods' personal popularity: Among fans of the sport 57 percent see him favorably overall, vs. 34 percent among those who aren't fans. Fans also are more apt, by a narrower 12-point margin, to think Woods was sincere in his apology Feb. 19, and by 11 points to say his sponsors should keep him on. But play on the course only counts for so much: Fans are no more apt than non-fans to say they're ready to forgive Woods' personal behavior.
Finally, whatever Woods' problems, golf itself remains in the bunker: with Woods off the greens, just 19 percent of Americans identify themselves as fans of the sport, essentially unchanged from earlier this month – and down from 28 percent in mid-December.
METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/ESPN poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 25-28, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults reached by landline and cell-phone alike. Results for the full sample have a 3.5-point error margin; click here for a detailed description of sampling error. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions at ICR-International Communications Research of Media, Pa.
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