Toronto's scandal-hit mayor still has 42 percent approval

Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:10pm EST
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By Cameron French

TORONTO (Reuters) - More than 40 percent of Toronto voters still approve of the job Mayor Rob Ford has done and one-third of them would vote for him again, even after he admitted smoking crack cocaine and city council stripped him of much of his authority.

A Forum Research survey of 1,049 Toronto voters released on Friday showed that 42 percent of respondents approve of the job Ford has been doing as mayor of Canada's largest city.

That's down from 44 percent in a similar poll two weeks ago, but up from 39 percent in late October, just before Ford admitted he smoked crack cocaine while in office.

Indeed, support for Ford, who has had much of his authority stripped by city council over the past week, is still comfortably in the 37-49 percent range that polls have shown over the past two years, Forum said.

In early 2011, shortly after his election as mayor, Ford's approval rating was above 60 percent.

The result suggests that Ford could still be competitive in next year's municipal election, as 33 percent of those polled said they would vote for him in October 2014.

"I think he is going to be viable (in the next election)," Forum President Lorne Bozinoff said in an interview.

"He probably needs about 43 percent to win, he has 33 coming out of the gate. He needs to pick up 10 percent among the swing voters."   Continued...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at City Hall in Toronto November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Harris