Khan’s lead strengthens as polling day arrives

5 May 2016, Blog

A poll commissioned for the Evening Standard and published yesterday has revealed that Sadiq Khan has a firm nine-point lead over his Conservative opponent Zac Goldsmith, in the battle to become London’s new Mayor.

The poll, conducted by Opinium, has discovered that Khan has an advantage of 32-18 on being trusted on the most talked about issue of this election; housing. When asked about which candidate they trusted on matters such as reducing crime and public transport fares, respondents answered that they felt the Labour candidate was more trustworthy on the majority of issues. However, Goldsmith was in the lead 31-21 for attracting business and investment to London, and on airport expansion by 22-19.

Khan has remained on a steady 35 per cent of first preference votes, since Opinium last conducted a survey in early April. In contrast Zac Goldsmith is down a point to 26 per cent; although this new poll has not reduced his hopes of victory. Speaking on LBC, the Conservative candidate said that he was “hoping to do a bit of a Leicester City, zoom in from behind and win.”

Tony Travers, Professor of Politics at LSE has also dismissed claims that Sadiq is set for certain victory. Mr Travers warned that with turnout expected to be as low as 32 per cent today, the actual result could be much closer than expected.

A ComRes poll also released this week showed Khan to be ahead, with a 12-point lead over his Conservative rival.

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