Mayor Tory’s approval down

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Mayor Tory’s approval down

Chief Saunders too

TORONTO February 23rd - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 836 Toronto voters, just more than 7-in-10 approve of the job John Tory is doing as mayor and, while high, this is down from the end of last month (January 31 - 76%). Tory’s partisans tend to be the oldest (76%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 77%), in Scarborough (77%) and, not surprisingly, among those who voted for him (86%). Nonetheless, one seventh of his voters now disapprove of the way he’s doing his job (14%).

Chief Saunders approvals down

Just more than 4-in-10 voters approve of the job Mark Saunders is doing as Police Chief (43%), and this is down from close to half last month (January 31 - 48%). Approval for Chief Saunders is common to mid aged groups (45 to 54 - 53%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 48%), in Etobicoke (48%) but not in the downtown (33%) and among John Tory voters (49%).

Rob Ford’s approval down

To round out the Trifecta, Councilor Ford’s approval has also declined from last month (from 37% on January 31 to 32% now), and his net favourability (approve minus disapprove) is -11, down from -6.

“It appears that the mundane realities of running a city have begun to finally erode the favourability of both our civic leaders (and Rob Ford, too). While an approval rating in the 70s is nothing to sneeze at, John Tory’s popularity has been higher than this," 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.