Just days before Londoners elect a new Mayor a new poll gives Boris Johnson a 4 point lead over rival Ken Livingstone.
The YouGov poll for the Evening Standard double’s the lead Johnson enjoyed last week despite the Conservatives polling badly nationally and news of a return to recession.
In the latest poll Johnson leads on first preferences by 44% to 41% while Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick trails a distant third with just 6%.
Green party candidate Jenny Jones, UKIP’s Lawrence Webb and Independent Siobhan Benita tie on 3% each while the BNP’s Carlos Cortiglia has just 1%.
When second preference votes for the two leading candidates are taken into account Johnson leads Livingstone 52% to 48%.
The YouGov poll indicates the contest between the pair is far closer than polls from rivals ComRes and Survation suggest.
The poll also suggests that UKIP could gan 2 seats on the London Assembly but that the Greens stand to lose one of their current two seats.
YouGov also reveal that Paddick polls lower than the Liberal Democrat London Assembly team. Eight percent of respondents say they’ll vote LibDem in the London Assembly constituency and List elections, compared to Paddick’s 6%.
Last week a poll suggested he was on just 5%, just a few hundred votes away from losing his deposit.
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.