Labour candidate ahead in most demographics and considered more trustworthy on most issues
Labour’s candidate for London Mayor Sadiq Khan has maintained his poll lead against Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith with two days to go before the election, despite fears a row over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party could have damaged his chances at the ballot box.
The latest poll by Opinium for the Evening Standard newspaper found Khan has a nine-point lead among first preference votes, beating Goldsmith by 35 per cent to 26.
When second preference votes are included, Khan is ahead by 14 points, with 57 per cent to Goldsmith’s 43.
Khan led in every demographic – male, female, and all ages, except for over-55s, a majority of whom were for Goldsmith.
Khan was also ahead among inner city voters, by 43 per cent to 21, and among outer city voters, who are traditionally more likely to vote Conservative, though by a smaller margin of 31 per cent to 29.
Respondents were also asked about which candidate they trust more on several issues: housing, reducing crime, public transport fares, unemployment, environment and clean air, public transport generally, attracting business and investment, dealing with public transport trade unions, and airport expansion.
Khan was considered more trustworthy on all of these issues, except for attracting business and airport expansion, where Goldsmith had around a 10-point lead, and environment, on which the two were neck-and-neck, with a one-point lead for Khan.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.