If you want to make an impression on the hearts and minds of Americans, it turns out smoking crack, lying about it, consorting with known and suspected criminals and occasionally acting like the mayor of Canada's largest city is a pretty good way to do it.
An exclusive poll conducted by Pollara has found that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is the second-most recognized international political figure in the United States.
He ranks only behind Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Half of the 1,001 respondents to Pollara's online survey saying they are familiar with Ford. This made him more than twice as known as Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“This is one of the few times in memory that Americans have taken widespread interest in a Canadian political story,” Pollara vice-president Dan Arnold said in a statement. “Be it CNN or The Daily Show, it’s been impossible for Americans to escape Rob Ford coverage.”
Here are the most widely recognized international political figures, inside the U.S.: