Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have been caught on tape smoking crack, acting embarrassingly drunk, and being ruthlessly mocked on late night television, but he still has a higher approval rating than President Barack Obama.
A poll released by Forum Research Inc. Friday found 42 percent of Toronto voters approve of Ford compared to 58 percent who do not. Meanwhile, the most recent survey of Obama’s approval rating conducted by Gallup last week found 40 percent of voters approve of the president and 54 percent do not. Obama can at least take consolation in the fact his disapproval rating is slightly better than Ford’s.
These numbers do not reflect the impact of a new video that reportedly shows Ford slurring his speech outside of Toronto City Hall Saturday night. Ford deflected questions about that clip while participating in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the city Sunday.
“Guys, it’s St. Patrick’s Day alright?” Ford said when a reporter asked him about the footage. “It’s about St. Patrick’s Day.”
Ford’s numbers were down slightly from Forum Research’s February poll, which indicated 44 percent of Toronto’s voters approve of him. Ford has averaged an approximately 44 percent approval rating in Forum Research’s polls since the news about his crack video broke last May.