Nowadays, you don’t have to be squeaky clean to be a politician. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, right? In fact, if you’re the mayor of Toronto, you might see your approval rating go up after reports of a video that depict him smoking crack cocaine and making homophobic remarks.
That seems to be the case so far for Rob Ford. A poll Thursday night after the video was confirmed by the Chief of Police show that his popularity amongst his constituents rose from 39% to 44%. Some are blaming it on margin of error. Others say it’s sympathy, though smoking crack while making homophobic remarks normally doesn’t elicit a sympathetic response even if you aren’t the mayor of a major world city.
Then again, it might just be the accepting ways of modern society. It makes the “elite” seem more human when they make mistakes. If Anthony Weiner can take a stab at politics after his scandal, we may see Rob Ford moving up in Canada’s political spectrum.
Here’s part of the story from The Star:
Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating rose slightly after Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed the existence of a video in which Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine and make homophobic and racist remarks, according to a poll taken Thursday night by Forum Research.
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