Even if former Sen. John Edwards is acquitted of misusing campaign funds in the trial that opened today in federal court in Greensboro, a political comeback is probably not in the cards. A new poll shows the former presidential candidate's national favorability rating stands at 3 percent.
The CBS News/ New York Times poll found that his favorability rating had declined from 30 percent to 3 percent since 2007 and his unfavorable rating had climbed from 30 percent to 41 percent during that same period.
His ratings were slightly worse among women interviewed. Asked what they associate his name with, other than his bid for the White House, 30 percent said cheating on his wife. Half of those polled said they were undecided or didn't have an opinion about Edwards. The poll was conducted April 13-17 among 957 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.