Now that Toronto police confirmed the existence of the video allegedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, leading to calls for his resignation from city councillors, every major newspaper, and the trade board, Ford's poll numbers
fell with the might of one thousand suns went up. Wait, what?
It's true. A poll conducted Thursday evening after police chief Bill Blair announced they have the video saw Ford's approval rating go up by five percent -- from 39 percent pre-crack video to 44 percent post-crack video. You'd think proving the video showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine does exist would put Ford's approval rating somewhere in the basement. But nope, not in Toronto!
"That may sound counterintuitive. It could be a sampling, margin-of-error thing, or it could be just some sympathy," Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, the firm that conducted the poll, explained to the Toronto Star. "If you saw him during that media scrum yesterday, it might have generated some sympathy."
Details of Ford's history of substance abuse have started to leak out since Thursday's big announcement. The mayor's inner circle are pressuring him to step down, or at least take a leave of absence, according to the Star, but Ford and his family refuse to take their advice. The Star reports aides close to Ford planned an intervention for the mayor last year, but the idea was nixed by Ford's brother, fellow city councillor Doug Ford.