Boris Johnson has a 6 point lead over rival Ken Livingstone according to a new YouGov poll for the Evening Standard.
53% of those polled said they would give Mr Johnson their first or second preference vote while 47% said they would back Mr Livingstone.
Today’s poll mirrors the result of a Comres poll jointly commissioned by the Standard, LBC and ITV London which also gave the incumbent a 6 point lead
In January Mr Livingstone’s promise to cut fares helped him win a 2 point lead.
However claims that he’d minimised his tax liability and a row over remarks about the voting intentions of Jewish Londoners have since overshadowed the Livingstone campaign.
45% who took part in last week’s poll said they are “less likely” to vote for him as a result of the negative headlines.
Although Johnson remains ahead in today’s poll, his lead has fallen since a YouGov poll released last month placed him 8 points ahead.
Today’s poll places Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick third with 7% of respondents saying they will give him their first preference vote.
Green Party candidate Jennny Jones is fifth with 2% behind UKIP’s Lawrence Webb who scored 3%.
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) Boris Johnson (Conservative) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat). A full list of candidates can be found here.