Labour’s Sadiq Khan gains six-point lead over Tory rival Zac Goldsmith

9 December 2015, Blog

Sadiq Khan has a six-point lead over Zac Goldsmith in the race to be the next Mayor of London, a poll has revealed. YouGov surveyed 1,008 Londoners and found that the Labour candidate is ahead of his Tory rival by 53 per cent to 47 per cent among likely voters. The survey results emerged a day after the House of Commons vote on air strikes in Syria, in which Khan voted against and Goldsmith in favour.

According to the poll, Khan was ahead among women; who were found to be split 57-43 in favour of him. Furthermore, voters aged 18-24 were divided 71-29 in favour of Khan. On the other hand, support among men was more evenly divided; whilst older voters were found to be split 58 to 42 in favour of Goldsmith.

The YouGov poll indicated that almost a third of Londoners were yet to make up their minds. It was found that housing was the most important issue, with 61 per cent of respondents saying it was a priority. Campbell Robb, chief executive of leading housing charity Shelter, said: “With rents sky-high and house prices completely out of reach for ordinary Londoners, it’s no surprise that housing is by far the number one issue.”

The second most important issue was immigration, being cited by 43 per cent of respondents. Crime and transport were priorities for 26 per cent of respondents each, whilst health was cited by 21 per cent.

An imminent government decision on whether to back a third runway at Heathrow could have an impact on the Mayoral race. Whilst both are against the expansion of Heathrow, Mr Goldsmith has vowed to resign from his Richmond Park seat if the government goes ahead with it. The most likely outcome at the time of writing is a deferred decision with the Government kicking the issue into the long grass – to the other side of the Mayoral election…

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