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article imagePoll: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford second-least popular mayor in Canada

By Andrew Moran     Oct 25, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Since winning last year's municipal election, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has seen his popularity decrease from as high as 80 percent to as low as the mid-30s. A new poll suggests he is the second most unpopular mayor in the country.
In the summer, Digital Journal reported on two polls: an Ipsos Reid survey that showed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holding a 70 percent approval rating and a Forum Research poll that showed Ford’s popularity slightly decline to 57 percent.
According to a poll by Forum Research that showed the nation’s most popular mayors, Ford was the second-least popular in the country with a 37 percent approval rating, which was followed by Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay (32 percent approval rating).
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion was ranked the most popular with a 78 percent approval rating, despite her conflict of interest allegations. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nanshi garnered a close second with 76 percent and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume was third with 74 percent.
Ford gained the most support in North York and Scarborough where he garnered 42 percent approval rating. In Etobicoke and York, Ford’s approval rating dropped to 37 percent. In East York, he only scored 30 percent.
The poll was conducted among 6,763 residents in 15 of the largest cities in Canada between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23. The survey contains a margin of error of 1.2 percentage points.
A complete list of the 15 mayors can be found below:
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion – 78 percent
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – 76 percent
Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume – 74 percent
Surrey Mayor Diane Watts – 68 percent
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson – 66 percent
Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt – 63 percent
London Mayor Joe Fantana – 61 percent
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina – 57 percent
Halifax Mayor Peter J Kelly – 57 percent
Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel – 56 percent
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell – 54 percent
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson – 49 percent
Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz – 49 percent
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – 37 percent
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay – 32 percent
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