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article imagePoll: 33% would vote for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in next election

By Andrew Moran     Nov 25, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Despite losing his powers last week and some of his support over the past few months, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford still has a 42 percent approval rating and one-third say they would vote for him in next year’s mayoral election, according to a new poll.
Forum Research released the results of its new poll and discovered that Ford, even with all of his personal troubles, still has a respectable amount of support considering how he has captured international media in a negative way.
The poll conducted for QMI Agency found that the mayor has an approval rating of 42 percent, while 58 percent disapprove of the job Ford is doing as mayor of Canada’s largest city. This is down from 44 percent in a Nov. 6 poll. Another 35 percent said Ford is “good for Toronto.”
When it comes to the next election, exactly one-third of respondents confirmed they would be voting for Ford in the 2014 municipal election. If there are at least two or three credible candidates in the mayoral race, this would be a significant number to defeat the likes of TTC Chair Karen Stintz or possibly New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow.
Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz (file photo).
Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz (file photo).
Nevertheless, even with the somewhat positive numbers in the survey, 60 percent of respondents want the mayor to step down, including 28 percent of those who voted for Ford in the last mayoral election.
If Ford decided to run for prime minister in the future, he would only have 19 percent of support, according to the poll.
“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," said Forum Research President and founder Lorne Bozinoff in a statement. "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."
The telephone survey was conducted with 1,049 adult Torontonians on Nov. 20. It has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.
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