Rob Ford’s approval rating went up after the first televised mayoral debate at City, according to a poll conducted by Forum Research.

The poll, a random sampling of 634 Toronto voters, shows Ford’s approval rating at 46 per cent, up from 42 per cent a few weeks ago.

The poll was conducted immediately after the debate at City on Wednesday night.

When it comes to voter preference for mayor, Ford and Olivia Chow are in a neck-and-neck race, with each taking a third of the vote (Chow 33 per cent, Ford 32 per cent).

Young males represent the core of Ford supporters, while young females are drawn to Chow.

Tory has the support of 21 per cent and Karen Stintz and David Soknacki “cannot be seen to be contenders” the poll found.

The race for mayor may be a tight one at this stage, but the poll found Ford was the “clear winner of the debate.”

“Among the three quarters of Toronto voters who recall seeing or hearing anything about the City debate, close to 4-in-10 agree Rob Ford won,” Forum Research said in a release.