Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford outside his lawyer’s office in Toronto on Jan. 25, 2013.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would lose a bid for re-election if he faced a single strong opponent, a new poll suggests.

The poll, by Forum Research for The Toronto Star, found that Mr. Ford would lose in hypothetical one-on-one races against radio host John Tory, MP Olivia Chow and TTC chair Karen Stintz. A match-up against councillor Adam Vaughan would be a virtual draw.

After winning his appeal of his conflict-of-interest conviction on Friday, Mr. Ford vowed to lead the city for the "next six years," a reference to his plan to run again in the 2014 municipal election.

Story continues below advertisement

However, Forum Research's poll, conducted on Friday, found that Mr. Ford would win the support of just 36 per cent of the electorate to Mr. Tory's 48 per cent. If the mayor faced Ms. Chow, he would lose with 40 per cent of the vote to her 52 per cent. Against Ms. Stintz, Mr. Ford would get 40 per cent compared to her 49 per cent.

An election against Mr. Vaughan would be a virtual tie with Mr. Ford landing 45 per cent of voters' support versus the left-leaning councillor's 43 per cent.

In the 2010 municipal election, Mr. Ford faced two main challengers and won with 47.1 per cent of the vote to George Smitherman's 35.6 per cent and Joe Pantalone's 11.7 per cent.

The poll also suggests the mayor's overall approval rate has ticked upward to 45 per cent, three percentage points higher than the last Forum Research survey on Dec. 14.

The opinion survey also found that a majority of Torontonians are supportive of Mr. Ford's legal victory, with 53 per cent of respondents saying they approve of him winning his appeal.

Forum Research polled 1,099 Torontonians using an interactive voice response telephone survey. The results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 3 per cent 19 times out of 20.

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies