After three polls suggesting just 2% separated Mayoral candidates Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, a new YouGov poll shows Johnson leading by 8%.
In January 2 polls put Livingstone ahead by 2%, reversing Johnson’s 8% lead. Last month A YouGov poll reversed the position, putting Johnson ahead by the same margin.
When asked to choose between a field of just Livingstone and Johnson, 54% say they would prefer a second term for Johnson over Livingstone’s return to City Hall.
On the question of how Londoners would vote if there were an election tomorrow, Johnson scored 49%, Livingstone 41% and Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick 5%.
More than half of those polled, 56%, say Johnson is doing is job well, 33% say they think he’s doing “badly”. Asked about Livingstone’s performance during his two terms at City Hall, 46% say he did well with 40% answering “badly”.
Respondents were also asked about each candidate’s personal qualities.
Livingstone continues to lead Johnson on being most in touch with ordinary people (32 to 13%) but trails on the issue of honesty (22 to 15%).
More than half (54%) answered “don’t know” when asked to list Paddick’s qualities, suggesting the Liberal Democrat candidate is failing to make an impact with voters.