Tory approval remains high

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Tory approval remains high

Saunders’ stable; Ford’s approval up

TORONTO January 25th - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 549 Toronto voters, fully three quarters approve of the job John Tory is doing as mayor (73%), and this is in line with his recent results (December 30 - 75%). Mayor Tory is especially popular among older voters (55+ - 79%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 79%), among John Tory voters from the last election, not surprisingly (93%), but also among Chow voters (78%). Of note, close to one tenth who voted for him do not approve of the job the mayor is doing (7%).

Police Chief Mark Saunders has the approval of just less than half the voters in Toronto (45%), and this is consistent with the last time we polled (December 30, 2015 - 48%). His approval is high among older voters (55 to 64 - 52%, 65+ - 51%), mid income groups ($40K to $60K - 50%) and the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 57%), in Etobicoke (51%) and York (53% - caution: small base size).

Councillor Rob Ford’s approval has increased from a third last month (December 30, 2015 - 34%) to 4-in-10 today (39%). He is especially popular among men (44%), the lower income brackets ($20K to $40K - 50%), Doug Ford voters, obviously (93%) and in Etobicoke (50%)

 “Mayor Tory keeps going from strength to strength and none of the controversial issues he’s handled appear to have damaged his high approval ratings. Meanwhile, although Rob Ford has increased his popularity recently, it is notable that he can only achieve an approval rating of one half on his own home turf,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.