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Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media in Toronto on Nov. 5, 2013.
Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media in Toronto on Nov. 5, 2013.
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Amid crack scandal, Ford’s approval ratings have gone up (but not in 'Ford Nation')

The day after Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said the force had a copy of the much-talked-about video featuring Mayor Rob Ford, a poll was released that surprised many. Mr. Ford’s support had gone...up?

Calls for his resignation have come from all corners, but Mr. Ford says he is staying put. Amazingly, so have his approval ratings. However, strong top-line approval numbers may mask deeper weaknesses, as polls suggest that, among those members of the so-called ‘Ford Nation,’ his support has taken a significant hit – and this before Tuesday’s bombshell admission that he had smoked crack cocaine.