Mayor of London drops in popularity according to study

Increasingly fewer Londoners believe that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is doing a good job, according to the latest poll conducted for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Under half (44 per cent) thought the Mayor was doing well compared to 52 per cent in April 2018. Almost as many, 40 per cent, think he is doing badly, a rise of 10 percentage points since April. This results in a net score of +4, the lowest since Queen Mary’s Polling London project began.

Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary and Director of the Mile End Institute, said: “In April 2018, Sadiq Khan was still ahead among those aged 50-64, working class Londoners, those living in outer London and white voters. He’s now behind among all of these groups”. He added: “When we first started polling, he was one of the most popular politicians in Britain. Such was his cross-party support, he even had net positive support from Conservative voters. Those days are long gone”. Roger Lawson from the Alliance of British Drivers said: “The Mayor’s policies such as ULEZ will particularly affect those groups where his rating has been declining most sharply. Folks are waking up to the Mayor’s attack on all forms of private transport – not just cars but motorcycles, PHVs (minicabs) and taxis and the costs that they will incur as a result. “Other contributions have probably been his mismanagement of Transport for London’s budget which is heading for a massive deficit and has been focussed on by some politicians, and his record on tackling rising crime levels in London has also been criticised.

“Similarly, his record on housing is no better than his predecessor and very different to what he promised. His promise to freeze public transport fares and improve public transport which he made to get elected have been shown to be mistakes or unachievable. Surely the apt quotation here is “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” (Abraham Lincoln). Voters are now becoming disillusioned with the Mayor as he is seen to be good at rhetoric and photoshoots with children but bad at actually managing the metropolis. “London needs a Mayor who does not just spout fine words, but can actually tackle London’s problems and get them solved.”

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