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Toronto 'Crack Mayor' Ford Holds Steady in Polls

By    |   Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 06:33 AM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been dogged by rolling series of embarrassments, ranging from odd public outbursts to an admission that he smoked crack cocaine.
 
But the whiff of scandal surrounding the mayor doesn’t seem to have affected his popularity ratings, according to a Forum Research poll taken earlier this week, the Toronto Sun reported.

According to the poll, 58 percent of Toronto residents disapproved of Ford’s performance as mayor, while 42 percent approved.

Although his approval number was poor, it was no worse than in a Forum Research poll last month, which was taken after Ford conceded purchasing illegal drugs while in office and smoking crack.

Ford earned this month’s 42 percent rating despite the fact that the Toronto City Council recently stripped him of most of his authority as mayor.

Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said 42 percent is probably the mayor’s popularity “floor,” adding that  he did not expect Ford’s rating to fall below that unless new revelations came out.

The numbers do suggest, however, that Ford faces an uphill fight if he does run for re-election next year. Approximately 60 percent of respondents said the mayor should resign, and just 33 percent said they would vote for Ford.

Those numbers were exactly the same as those in last month’s Forum Research poll. After those results were published, Bozinoff said they show  results show that the loyalty of Ford’s staunchest backers  remained intact.

"What we can see from this is that, to his core supporters, the true citizens of Ford nation, who comprise about one-third of the voters in Toronto, Rob Ford is a viable candidate for mayor," he told CTV News. “Nothing more he can do will surprise them or put them off. They've seen the worst there is, and they still stand by their man."

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