New polling has put one of Labour’s leading London Mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan 13 percentage points ahead of the Conservative frontrunner Zac Goldsmith.
The clear lead Khan enjoys over Goldsmith in the new poll indicates he would be the best placed candidate from the Labour ranks to see off Conservative attempts to regain the Mayoralty.
Carried out by polling company Survation, the survey of Londoners is a welcome boost to the Khan campaign in the week that ballots are sent out and suggests the momentum in the race to be the next Mayor of London has swung firmly behind the former Transport Minister’s bid for City Hall.
Survation’s poll of Londoners, which involved playing video clips of the two men discussing their opposition to a third runway at Heathrow, also highlights the popularity of Khan’s candidacy.
When first asked which party are you most likely to vote for with your first preference vote, 44 per cent of respondents said they would be supporting a Labour candidate, while 35 per cent said they would go for a Conservative candidate.
However, when the contest is presented as a straight choice between Khan and Goldsmith, 50 per cent of Londoners say they are inclined to back Khan, compared to 37 per cent for Goldsmith - a six per cent jump in support for the Labour candidate,underlining his appeal to voters.
The exact question asked in the poll was ‘If the election for the next Mayor of London was between the following candidates, who would you vote for as the next Mayor of London with your first vote?’
Before posing the question, Survation played those polled two recent videos from BBC news, filmed on the same day, of Khan and Goldsmith each separately discussing their opposition to Heathrow expansion.
Commenting on the results of the poll, Sadiq Khan said: “This poll clearly shows that I’m the best placed candidate to beat the Tories and win back City Hall for Labour next May.
“But I don’t just intend to win - I want to win for a purpose. I am standing to be the next Mayor of London because I want to make a difference to the lives of Londoners.
“I am the only Labour candidate who is serious about tackling inequality, making transport affordable and standing up to developers to ensure the homes our city needs finally get built.”
Find out more about the poll on Survation’s website here: http://survation.com/london-mayoral-election-2016-what-effect-could-ethnicity-play-in-the-contest/
See the Daily Mirror's coverage here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labours-sadiq-khan-would-beat-6269222