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Crack-smoking Toronto mayor is more liked than any Irish leader

Crack-smoking, drink-driving and being accused of a plethora of offences aren’t enough to give Rob Ford as low an approval rating as our Taoiseach.

Ford chairs a meeting of Toronto City Council wearing a jersey of the local CFL franchise, the Toronto Argonauts. The team chided him for wearing the jersey.
Ford chairs a meeting of Toronto City Council wearing a jersey of the local CFL franchise, the Toronto Argonauts. The team chided him for wearing the jersey.
Image: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

HE HAS ADMITTED to smoking crack, been repeatedly filmed drunk in public and even been criticised for wearing a sports team’s jersey – by the team.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford was elected on a populist wave in 2010, pledging to “stop the gravy train” and tackle the Canadian city’s powerful unions.

In the three years since, Ford has managed to, in non-chronological order :

Yet, according to the most recent opinion polls, Rob Ford has a higher approval rating than any Irish political leader.

Indeed, his 40 per cent approval rating as of Saturday puts him a full 17 points ahead of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and 14 points ahead of Micheál Martin, the most popular Irish leader.

Ford’s approval is only slightly lower than that of US President Barack Obama, who holds a 41.5 per cent approval.

Not only that, Canadians are rushing, well not rushing, strolling, to Ford’s defence.

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