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Rob Ford's approval rating continues to fall

Posted by Derek Flack / May 23, 2014

rob ford approval ratingRob Ford isn't quite as teflon-coated as once thought. In the wake of his most recent scandal and a subsequent trip to rehab, the mayor has taken a dive in the polls. Although he remains in third place in the mayoral race according to a Forum Research poll complied yesterday, his approval rating is down to 32 percent, which represents a significant drop from the over 40 per cent he had carried for months lead up to crack tape number two.

That said, Ford isn't exactly out of the mayoral race. Even in the absence of a firm return date and more controversy courtesy of his car being impounded, the incumbent polls at 24 per cent, which trails Tory (27 per cent) and Olivia Chow (36 per cent). While the gap between Ford and Chow might seem rather large, it's about the same as it was in Forum's last poll from the beginning of the month.

Also of note are Doug Ford's numbers. Although it's unclear whether or not he would run in his brother's absence, his approval rating sits at 30 per cent and he polls lower than Rob in the mayoral race at 20 per cent. Could either Ford brother turn these numbers around with some hard campaigning? Yes. So while the picture looks a little bleak for Ford Nation right now, it could very easily change when the mayor returns.

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Discussion

72 Comments

Bob But Not Doug / May 23, 2014 at 10:08 am
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That's cool, but it should be 0%.
jen / May 23, 2014 at 10:14 am
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So 32% of the city is still insane, then?
Wes / May 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Ford Nation is just back up a bit to get a good run for the finish line. His numbers will spike when he returns with his redemption story.

October 27th!!!!!
Adios Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 10:20 am
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Yes, 32% of the city (probably mostly middle aged white suburbanites) still stubbornly refuse to accept reality. You can only shake your head at their pig-headed stupidity, but hopeful God made them better at other things (like lifting heavy objects) than common sense.
Brent / May 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Forum forgot to poll the voting intentions for Rob Ford's Escalade.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorial_cartoon/2014/05/22/moudakis_may_23_2014jpg.html
Ryan replying to a comment from Wes / May 23, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Cool trahling, brah
A / May 23, 2014 at 10:38 am
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In the first sentence, "is" should be "isn't".
Wes wes wes..... / May 23, 2014 at 10:48 am
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Wonder if his lies, drinking and drug use will spike also when he returns with his redundant story, Wes? You are telling your kids and grandkids that it is okay to do drugs/alcohol, to lie, and hang out with drug dealers. Are you really comfortable with that message?

Have a good long thought about what stage you have reached in life, Wes. Give your head a shake.
Wes replying to a comment from Ryan / May 23, 2014 at 10:49 am
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Ahh cool I'm allowed to post!! Thanks for your approval
Randy replying to a comment from Adios Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 10:50 am
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Ohh are those the same people you see standing behind him in the lead photo????
ROB FORD ON CRACK / May 23, 2014 at 10:53 am
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If it makes the pinko progressives angry I'm all for it! FordMoreYears!
Wes replying to a comment from Wes wes wes..... / May 23, 2014 at 10:56 am
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Yes its OK for us all to have personal problems in our lives. While we should be avoiding this behavior it should not be shunned or hidden in darkness. Our children and grandchildren will live in a much better society if we can openly talk about additions and mental health instead of saying well its just those types that do it not us....
Potrzebie replying to a comment from Adios Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
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Adios Fraud wrote: "Yes, 32% of the city (probably mostly middle aged white suburbanites) still stubbornly refuse to accept reality"

Are you for real? Ford Nation is largely suburban, yes. But if you think Ford Nation is white, you are missing something really really really really really BIG.

The suburbs that vote Ford are far more ethnically diverse than the downtown is. Until you've grasped that (and Ford's strategists did long ago), you cannot really understand what's going on in this city.
Mr.A / May 23, 2014 at 11:04 am
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While we can agree that addiction is a bad thing, that it should be treated medically, and with a minimum of shame, there's more to the Fords than just that; there's the habitual lying, the incredibly bad judgment, and the bigotry. Apologies just do not cut it past a certain point, and the Fords have stumbled their way past the point long ago.
James replying to a comment from jen / May 23, 2014 at 11:24 am
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That would be correct.
iSkyscraper / May 23, 2014 at 11:28 am
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In other news:

28% of Americans think Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11
21% think a UFO crashed in Roswell in 1974
20% think autism is caused by vaccines
17% think Obama is a Muslim.


...and so on. I think at this point it is pretty well established that around a quarter of the North American population is stupid, ignorant or gullible. (Spare me Canadian superiority - you know it's the same on either side of the border.) And that number is pretty stable or even growing due to demographic trends (see: the entire premise of the film Idiocracy).

So at 24%, Ford's support is about as low as it could possibly be for someone with so much name recognition. And that's fine - no one wins elections with 25% support. The key is to keep the mushy middle away from his camp, and I think that particular point tipped even before crackgate. So while this is fun reading, it's meaningless at this point. Rob is done.

Todd Toronto / May 23, 2014 at 11:32 am
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"Ford Nation is just back up a bit to get a good run for the finish line. His numbers will spike when he returns with his redemption story."

What worries me is that you're probably right.
The Shakes replying to a comment from Wes / May 23, 2014 at 11:34 am
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Nice try to spin and twist it, but no one (not even the most leftist Ford hater) has ever said being an addict makes Ford a bad person. What everyone is trying to get through to you and your obstinate band of blind fools is that him being a lying, tax wasting, racist, criminal associating, wife-beating, drunk driving, woman hating, liar is what makes him a bad person. So get off your high horse.
Anthony replying to a comment from Adios Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 11:47 am
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I think you might have the demographic wrong. But I guess any opportunity to insult the evil "white middle-aged" works for you. Maybe you should do a little research first though, so you can finely tune your hate or your self loathing or whatever motivates your confused understanding of the political arena you have chosen to comment on.
Wes replying to a comment from The Shakes / May 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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I was simply commenting on the question "You are telling your kids and grandkids that it is okay to do drugs/alcohol, to lie, and hang out with drug dealers. Are you really comfortable with that message?"

I was not commenting on racism, tax wasting, criminal, wife-beating, drunk driving, woman hating, etc. that was not the question that was posed to me.
Danny / May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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Either way the real story here IS and SHOULD BE, John Tory is in second place!!!!

Awesome news! Tory for Mayor! Hudak for Premier!!
think again / May 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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For photo ops you can scour the crowd and find a few visible minorities to put behind him. Go to the Fraud Bar Bee Que and check out the blubbery types cramming down the free hot dogs and trying to have their picture taken with God. Then you tell me what demographic they are from.
LeeAnne McRobb / May 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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From our litrle chats in bed at rehab, I assure you that Rob truly is a bigot. He believes that white, anglosaxon men ARE superior beings. If you agree, support him and vote for him. Don't pretend his bigotry has anything to do with addiction.
Irwinnie Mimico / May 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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Mr. Mayor has done a good job for OUR community. Don't care about anything else. I mean, we like to get high with whores, right?
Campaign Manager Suggestion / May 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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Doug, maybe drop the BS, admit Rob is a drunk cracker bigot. Apparently, there are enough drunk cracker bigots in the city to get elected, perhaps.
Paul "Barry" Karn / May 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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Daily I get black out drunk & pee myself & my approval rating isn't has high as is.
Festering Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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Lolz at he who dug up photos of a few visible minorities in photo ops. They obviously think he is their buddy. He is plummeting in the polls and will lose his shirt in the election. Get used to it; he has had his 15 minutes of fame.
Parent of the Year Award Announcement / May 23, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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Co-winners! Diane & Rob Ford!
Corruption of the Human Genome Award / May 23, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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Co-winners! Rob & Diane Ford!
Nils Swenson / May 23, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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Ford's a looser.
fjord nation / May 23, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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Norwegians?
Hank replying to a comment from Festering Fraud / May 23, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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Don't kid yourself you've been saying he's done for years. As most journalists have stated, he has plummeted and is still within striking distance. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR OPPONENT - NEVER!
FORD FEST / May 23, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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Dougie having a blast at FORD FEST

http://i.bullfax.com/imgs/827c30931f8ba2816b1568bd1dc09254d422b1e4.jpg
LeeAnne McRobb / May 23, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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If Rob wins I'm the new first lady of Toronto! Rob says we're going to live in the Toronto White House!
LeeAnne McRobb / May 23, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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My approval rating for Rob in bed is 100%! I love impotent men!
Irwin X. Mimico replying to a comment from Hank / May 23, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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Don't kid yourself you've been saying he's not done for years.As most journalists have stated, he has plummeted so far down the shit chute that he is in striking distance of permanent residence in the cesspool. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE HOW FAR DOWN SCUM LIKE ROB FORD CAN GO! HE HASN'T HIT BOTTOM YET!
fjord nation / May 23, 2014 at 05:13 pm
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Oslo?
fjord nation / May 23, 2014 at 05:15 pm
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The bridge from Denmark to Sweden is a marvel of Scandnavian engineering. Is Rob Fjord Norwegian?
Hank replying to a comment from Irwin X. Mimico / May 23, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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YES AGREED DON'T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR OPPONENTS RISE OR FALL.
ScarboroughStudent replying to a comment from Wes / May 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm
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If that's what you want to represent you, then that's just sad.
#FordMoreYears / May 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm
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Call it what you want babe, I still call it love!!

October 27th!!!
#FordMoreYearshit / May 24, 2014 at 12:21 am
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Love...Elov...Evol...Evil...Ford...Lol
fjord nation / May 24, 2014 at 12:22 am
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Fjords are beauriful...narrow, dead ends.
LeeAnne McRobb / May 24, 2014 at 07:05 am
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I like going very deep up fjords, with a thick long canoe and swimming, fist first.
Mrs. Graine / May 24, 2014 at 07:43 am
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Well some of us know better. Behaviors like lying, bigotry and bad judgement are all trademarks of the illness alcoholism. If we judge Ford harshly, we judge all harshly (that includes Councillor Ana Bailao whose already been convicted of impaired driving and all addicts who avoid jailtime because they are deemed unwell). Think law enforcement and the real advocates in this city should pick a side. No more grey areas.
Mrs. Graine / May 24, 2014 at 07:43 am
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Well some of us know better. Behaviors like lying, bigotry and bad judgement are all trademarks of the illness alcoholism. If we judge Ford harshly, we judge all harshly (that includes Councillor Ana Bailao whose already been convicted of impaired driving and all addicts who avoid jailtime because they are deemed unwell). Think law enforcement and the real advocates in this city should pick a side. No more grey areas.
REALness / May 24, 2014 at 08:11 am
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You can know all you want BUT its not what you know OR how much you know, IT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU KNOW.
#FordMoreYears / May 24, 2014 at 08:29 am
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Rob will me back lean, clean and mean. He's the only one that knows how to run and use this political machine. Olivia is failing badly.

October 27th!!
Best comment ever replying to a comment from Adios Fraud / May 24, 2014 at 09:41 am
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" Yes, 32% of the city (probably mostly middle aged white suburbanites) still stubbornly refuse to accept reality. You can only shake your head at their pig-headed stupidity, but hopeful God made them better at other things (like lifting heavy objects) than common sense. "

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Aging white dudes fuck everything up, always, forever. Can't we just sequester them all to a remote northern island somewhere where they can drink swill like Canadian, watch boring Leafs games, and bitch and moan each other to death.
So long, suckah.. / May 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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I'll give him credit for one thing; he has tapped into stupidity and gullibility in the lower income society . For a man who has consistently voted against ANY proposal to help the poor, he has done a good job of convincing them that he gives a flying frick about them just because he drinks, grins like an idiot and pretends not to have millions in the bank left to him by Big Daddy. Yeah, he's "one of them", alright. Not. I think he should run, or perhaps waddle for the Regressive Conpervatives in a place like Eliot Lake, and hand out free cigarets and bingo cards.
Gawker get lost / May 24, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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Don't you have a site of your own that you can post your drivel to???
Gawker drivel / May 24, 2014 at 05:31 pm
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This is better drivel...real Canajun!
#FjordMoreYears / May 24, 2014 at 06:02 pm
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Let's put Mayor Fjord on an ice Berg in a fjord, naked, and let him drift.
HaveFaith / May 24, 2014 at 07:56 pm
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REALness >> Only time will tell what Ford knows and doesn't know, after he exits treatment. Whether or not he has the stuff to follow through...I admit, the deck is stacked pretty high against him.
#FordMoreYears / May 25, 2014 at 04:54 am
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Robs second coming!
October27!!!
Fried Ford Years / May 25, 2014 at 07:53 am
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Second coming? When was his first time? On second thought, please keep that information to yourself or I'll feel sick...

It is scary when you realize there are people out there (not many, albeit) who are worshipping him as a kind of religious leader. Zealotry is a frightening phenomenon, but I'm thinking a lot of people out there have kind of fallen in love with Rob Ford, and he knows it. I'm sensing a lot of "man-crushes" just by reading comments in here by his devoted slaves. I mean followers. The positively swoon when they talk about their hero.
Dr. Kukko / May 25, 2014 at 08:44 am
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"hero" & "nunneries"
Alanna / May 25, 2014 at 08:49 am
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Rob's second coming? Really? But he's impotent. #FordMoreYears can you explain?
Mel Gibson / May 25, 2014 at 08:56 am
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The Committee to Elect Bigots (CreepB) supports Rob Ford as the leading bigots in the world. If you are a bigot, vote Rob so we can get on with apartheid. Let's establish ghettos in Toronto as a first step and rename Ford Nation "Bigot Nation"!
Donald Sterling / May 25, 2014 at 08:57 am
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As long as Magic Johnson isn't Mayor, I'm happy!
Irwin X. Mimico / May 25, 2014 at 11:27 am
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Bigots are VERY popular in Mimico.Cement plants, not so much. We like Rob's position even though.bb it hurts us because he repairs our sump pumps! Rob really knows how to plumb the depths, by George!
Bigot Nation / May 25, 2014 at 11:55 am
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The Committee to Reelect Bigots (CREEPB) applauds Irwin Mimico and #FordMoreYears for their unstinting support of bigotry! Apartheid For All!
AnyoneButLiberals / May 25, 2014 at 06:15 pm
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It's a beautiful day today. Why don't you go outside to play?
Why don't you...Troll / May 25, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Wow! You ARE clever! Repeating stupid troll stuff 3 times works! You must be back in Kansas!
Remove Rob Ford / May 25, 2014 at 07:07 pm
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Relax Toronto. Ford will not win re-election. His numbers are not there and he has absolutely no way of increasing his numbers. Approval ratings mean nothing. His base of incompetents sits at maybe 20%. That ain't going to win an election. Plus Fraud Nation includes a large portion of younger blue collar men, non-university educated. They aren't reliable voters. Ford will finish with maybe 12% of the vote, if he doesn't resign or go to jail first.
AnyoneButtThat NeanerthalConservative / May 25, 2014 at 07:52 pm
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What's his name? Mr. Mike "Killsomepeople" Harris?
AnyoneButKnuckledraggerHudak / May 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Has Hudak discovered fire yet?
AnyoneButLiberals / May 26, 2014 at 09:41 am
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Remove Rob Ford: I take it fresh air and sunshine isn't your thing? You totally remind me of my little brother. Quit pouting.
AnyoneButLiberalsy / May 27, 2014 at 10:47 am
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I take it you are a pompous arse?
Rob Ford / May 28, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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Approval rating falling...and my balls! I need a balls bra!
Uh replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / May 29, 2014 at 12:42 am
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This isn't Twitter, idiot.
Take your stupid hashtags back over there.

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