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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford's rating rises after police confirm video

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 3, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - It seems scandal doesn't mean the end for a politician, at least not for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. After the city's police Chief Bill Blair confirmed the existence of a video in which Ford may be using drugs, his approval rating went up.
That rating climbed by 5 percentage points, going from 39 to 44 percent of respondents approving of the mayor. The poll was conducted on Thursday by Forum Research after a press conference in which Chief Blair told media police had recovered the video in which the embattled mayor appears to be smoking drugs, possibly crack cocaine.
Poll on Mayor Rob Ford
Forum Research conducted the poll in the evening following the morning press conference. The company said that 98 percent of the 1,032 Toronto and area respondents contacted by phone had already heard that police recovered the video from a computer confiscated during a raid earlier this year.
Chief Blair said the video was "consistent with what has been described in the media." The existence of the video has been the subject of speculation since May when an American website, Gawker, and then two Toronto Star reporters, said they had been shown it by a Somali-Canadian man looking to sell it.
The mayor, whose brother, Councillor Doug Ford, has been accused of having once been a drug dealer, is on record as saying no such video existed and that he was not addicted to crack cocaine.
Mayor Ford and alleged drug video
The president of Forum Research, Lorne Bozinoff, told media the numbers may be more a reflection of the job Mr. Ford is doing as mayor. “Remember we’re talking about approval rating, and that’s a question pertaining to his job as mayor,” Bozinoff told the CBC News on Friday. “And as long as these allegations are not impinging on his ability to do his job, people are satisfied.”
For his part, Mr. Ford said he wants to comment on the video and "defend" himself but he can't because the case is before the courts. However, it is his friend and sometimes driver, Alexander Lisi, charged with offences, not the mayor, and nothing prevents him from commenting. Lisi is out on bail after being charged with extortion in connection with his alleged attempts to procure the video. He's also up on drug-related charges stemming from a police raid of a Etobicoke dry cleaning business on Oct. 1.
Mr. Bozinoff also speculated the higher numbers could be a result of some respondents feeling sorry for the mayor after viewing news reports of him shouting at reporters to get off of his property, and other reports that made him appear beleaguered and hounded.
Mr. Ford will continue on and said there is no reason for him to step down.
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