Half of all Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing badly as Mayor of London, according to a new YouGov poll out this morning. A whopping third of Londoners say he is doing “very badly”. The news comes halfway through his second term of office, as the Tories approach selecting their candidate to take the fight to him in 2024.
Two-thirds – 65 percent – of Londoners say Mr Khan is doing badly on housing, and six in ten – 62 percent – say he is doing badly on crime.
Some 55 percent of Londoners say he is doing badly on transport.
Just 35 percent of Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing “well”, down three points when last polled in January 2022.
The damning figures come despite a recent poll giving Labour a 40-point lead in the capital over the Tories when asked how Londoners would vote in a General Election.
Mr Khan’s mid-term report card gets even worse when looking at older voters.
Some 81 percent of those aged 65+ say Mr Khan is doing “badly”, with 64 percent saying he is doing “very badly”.
Even young voters aged 18-24 are split, with 40 percent saying he is doing well versus 37 percent giving him a negative review.
Mr Khan is almost tied with Rishi Sunak on the question of whether they are doing well or badly. Both receive net scores, however, the Tory Prime Minister leads the Mayor by just one percent among those who say he is doing a bad job.
More Londoners think Sadiq is doing “very badly” thank Rishi Sunak, with just 22 percent saying the Prime Minister is doing a “very bad” job.
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Sir Keir Starmer is more popular than both, though still has a net negative response from voters.
Some 44 percent say Sir Keir is doing badly, versus 34 percent who say he is doing well.
The news comes amid heightened interest in who the Tories will select as their candidate for 2024.
According to The Spectator, the Conservative Party Board met on Monday to fast-track the candidate selection process, with formal applications expected to open in the next fortnight.
Three candidates have already declared, with former Boris Johnson advisor Samuel Kasmu picking up steam with endorsements from Priti Patel and Grant Shapps.
Andrew Boff – who ran against Shaun Bailey for the selection last time – is also in the running, as is fellow London Assembly member Nick Rogers.
Last week’s Sun on Sunday reported that top Tories are trying to line up TV star Judge Rob Rinder as their candidate, in an bid to inject their hopes with some “star power”.
A Tory source told the paper: “Judge Rinder’s name is being talked about.
“There are a few contenders sniffing around the mayoralty, but some in the party want some star power – some star dust – to boost our chances.”
A former Cabinet minister said: “Judge Rinder would be a lot better than Sadiq Khan.”
YouGov polled 1,107 adults in London, from 14-25 April 2023.