Boris Johnson leads Mayoral Race
by Anthony Wells in Editor's picks and Politics
Latest London poll shows Boris is ahead in the 2012 mayoral race; Boris leads Ken as public preference by 54% to 46%
Our latest polling on the London mayoral race shows Boris Johnson pulling ahead of Ken Livingstone, progressing from our previous two polls showed the two main candidates effectively neck-and-neck.
- Today's poll has first preferences of Johnson 49%, Livingstone 41%, Paddick 5%, Others 4%
- When respondents are asked which of the leading two candidates they would prefer in a forced choice, Boris leads Ken by 54% to 46%
Following a month in which he has faced criticism over his personal tax affairs, there have been significant drops in the public's perceptions of Ken Livingstone.
- The proportion of people who think he sticks to what he believes in has dropped to 34% (down 6 points)
- The proportion who see him as in touch with ordinary people is down to 32% (down 5 points)
There has also been a shift in how the public perceive the respective records of the two main candidates. Last month 40% of people thought Ken had achieved more than Boris during his time as mayor with 31% thinking Boris had the better record.
Boris has now closed that gap, with 36% thinking he has achieved more, compared to Ken's 34%.