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article imageCan Rob Ford win? Poll has Ford tied for lead in race for Mayor

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 23, 2014 in Politics
A new poll conducted in Toronto on Monday, July 21, has Mayor Rob Ford in a statistical tie with his two top rivals in the mayoral race. Toronto's municipal election doesn't go until October 27 but these results suggest the embattled Ford has a chance.
The random telephone poll of 1,063 Toronto residents, conducted by Forum Research, does show some cushion between the three leading lead candidates, but statistically the results are considered tied. Olivia Chow has 29 per cent support, John Tory has 28 per cent support and Ford has 27 percent. The other two candidates in the race, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki, each received 5 percent of voter support.
There are a few wrinkles, however, in Mayor Ford's support. While he may have garnered statistically as much support as the other two leading candidates, 57 percent of the respondents polled said the Mayor should resign and only 33 percent approved of him. In contrast, Ms. Chow managed a 54 percent approval rating, while 67 percent of respondents said they approved of Mr. Tory.
Overall though, the numbers have to give Mayor Ford and his supporters some hope that he can, after months and months of missteps and ill-advised escapades, win reelection. Some of the support he managed may be a reflection of his having recently returned from a stint at Ontario's GreenStone rehab facility, though reports on his time at GreenStone suggest even that was rife with inappropriate behaviors.
The poll is considered accurate to within 3 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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