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Toronto does not heart Rob Ford

Guess how low Rob Ford’s approval poll numbers are? Lower . . . lower . . . just a little lower . . . okay, not that low. YES. There. Right there.

Turns out, in a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion, the difference between those who approve of Ford and those who don’t is a pretty staggering 35 percent in favour of those who don’t approve of him. To put that into perspective: the person who comes closest to matching his numbers is Councillor Shelley Carroll, who has a four percent difference in favour of those who don’t approve. Yeesh.

Respondents to the online survey, which has a margin of error of 3.4 per cent 19 times out of 20, were asked to give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to Ford’s management of eight different issues. 

Only for garbage collection — Ford oversaw the expansion of private curbside collection — did most Torontonians (58 per cent) give the mayor a thumbs up.   

A majority gave the mayor a thumbs down on issues including managing the city budget (52 per cent) and collective bargaining with city unions (56 per cent). (Source)

On the flip side of the coin, NDP MP and acronym enthusiast Olivia Chow is currently polling at a 38 percent difference in favour of those who approve. In all fairness, it’s not like she ever bashed Margaret Atwood, drove along the highway while reading, or openly admitted that she never bothered learning what her job entails. Honestly, compared to that, a half-empty jar of room-temperature Miracle Whip is a more suitable politician.

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