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Torontonians want councillors to go against Ford on proposed service cuts: poll

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the Canadian Club of Toronto on Thursday March 3, 2011, in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn.

A large union-sponsored poll indicates the majority of Torontonians want their local councillor to oppose Mayor Rob Ford as he considers potential service cuts to end the city’s debt problem.

Only 27 per cent of the 12,848 people questioned in a Sept. 13 telephone survey by Forum Research said they’d vote for Ford if an election was held tomorrow. Forty-six per cent of the people polled said they voted for Ford last year.

When asked if they believe their local councillor should vote to protect city services, even if it conflicts with Ford’s agenda, 59 per cent said they “strongly agree” and 18 per cent said “they agree”.

Fourteen per cent said they “strongly disagree”, five per cent said they “disagree” and nine per cent “don’t know.”

Click here to see responses broken down by ward.

The poll, sponsored by CUPE Local 79, has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The pollster used a random dial Interactive Voice Response system.

When asked what if their opinion of Ford has changed since the election, 17 per cent of respondents said their opinion had improved; 29 per cent said it hasn’t changed and 54 per cent said it’s gotten worse.

These findings come two days after another poll, also conducted by Forum Research, showed Ford’s approval rating has nosedived, with only four in 10 Torontonians claiming to support the mayor.