One third of Americans hold ‘unfavorable views’ of Petraeus: Poll

Washington: Nearly a third of all Americans now hold unfavorable views of David Petraeus after his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of sex scandal, according to a poll.

According to the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, still, positive views of the general outweigh negative ones.

Some 51 percent of men now hold favorable views of the former general, 30 percent hold unfavorable ones.

According to the report, the split is far more even among women: 39 percent express favorable views, 34 percent unfavorable ones.

Women are more apt than men to say they have “no opinion” about Petraeus, the poll showed.

The report pointed out that in July 2010, when Petraeus was tapped to lead a big expansion of American military operations in Afghanistan, he had few detractors.

According to Gallup that time just nine percent of Americans held unfavorable views, while 56 percent expressed favorable impressions.

Petraeus’s resignation was prompted by an extramarital affair he had with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.