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A major poll shows more than three quarters of Toronto residents want their local councillor to stand up for public services and defy Mayor Rob Ford’s push to cut programs and services.

Toronto’s inside municipal workers, members of CUPE 79, commissioned the poll of nearly 13,000 residents. The results show disintegrating support for Ford, even in wards held by his supporters on council.

Only 27 per cent of citizens say they’d vote for Ford, while twice as many would not.

The numbers should embolden councillors who haven’t yet taken a stand to join with progressive politicians and redraw the political landscape at city hall, stripping Ford of his power.

Thousands of Torontonians, a majority in every ward, are telling Mayor Ford and his allies on council not to cut city services. He may be incapable of hearing what the voters are saying but I’m hopeful a majority of councilors will,” said CUPE 79 president Ann Dembinski.