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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during council at City Hall in Toronto November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during council at City Hall in Toronto November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch  

Crack-smoking mayor enjoys better approval rating than Obama

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Rob Ford, the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, enjoys a higher approval rating than President Obama.

Ford admitted publically last week that he had smoked crack while in a “drunken stupor” last year and has refused to step down. President Obama promised Americans a health care panacea and has failed to deliver.

Even after his admission and apology, Ford enjoyed an approval rating of 44 percent last week.  A recent Quinnipiac University poll placed President Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent.

However, a majority (76 percent) of Torontonians want Ford to step down according to an Ipsos poll, as his foul mouth, admissions of drug use, and bizarre behavior have continued to embarrass the city.

The Toronto City Council voted 39-3 on Friday to strip Ford of some of his mayoral powers. President Obama has retained all his powers.

Both Democratic political strategist James Carville and late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel have expounded upon the unexpected approval difference.

“What makes the story remarkable to me is despite the fact that he admitted to smoking crack after lying about it for five months, Rob Ford’s approval rating has not dipped a bit in Toronto,” Kimmel said this week. “He is still holding steady. He is rock steady at 44 percent, which I think is better than President Obama does here. Canadians really are nicer than we are.”

Carville on the other hand suggested Obama take a hit off the “mayor of Toronto’s crack pipe” to help out with his approval numbers.

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