When it comes to being the "most disappointing" public figure of 2009, it would be hard to beat John Edwards. So Tiger Woods came in second instead.
The former North Carolina senator and the pro-golfer topped the list of public figures who most disappointed Americans, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out in full later today.
In the midst of a still-unfolding scandal involving multiple extramarital affairs, Tiger's favorability has dropped 61 points since WSJ/NBC last polled on the golfer in April 1997, shortly after he became the youngest player to win the Masters Tournament. Back then, 76% had a very or somewhat positive view of Tiger; now it's just 15%. His negative rating in 1997 was just 2%, compared with 42% today.
But given a choice between Edwards, Woods, singer Chris Brown, Balloon Boy's parents (Richard and Mayumi Heene), David Letterman, Jon and Kate Gosselin, or New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez as the public figure who was most disappointing in 2009, Edwards took a solid one-third of the vote with 33% for cheating on his wife while she is being treated for incurable cancer.
Coming in second, 16% were most disappointed in Tiger for having extramarital affairs, while a close third of respondents, 15%, were most disappointed in Brown for abusing his girlfriend and fellow singer, Rihanna.
Rounding out the biggest disappointments are: 11% for Balloon Boy's parents, 6% for the Gosselin family and their reality show antics, and 4% each for Letterman (extramarital affairs with colleagues) and A-Rod (steroid use).
And while Washington Wire can't speak for the rest of 2009's disappointments, the latest poll suggests it's not all bad for Tiger Woods.
One-third of respondents, 33%, said they'll be rooting for Tiger at his next golf tournament, while just 16% will be rooting against him. Nearly half, 48%, didn't care either way.
Woods beats Mickelson, regains No. 1 spot