Lord Ashcroft has polled the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, about Boris, and it generally makes for great reading for the Mayor of London. The phone poll was conducted this week.
It should be noted, the standard VI poll not mentioning Boris, shows a Con to Lab swing of 5.5%, which would indicate an approximate 3% Labour lead nationwide, which is in line with the national polling.
The one downside for Boris is 50% of the voters don’t want him to be concurrently an MP and Mayor.
Uxbridge voters: should Boris be MP and Mayor at the same time? pic.twitter.com/2ekMHtvd4m
— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) August 16, 2014
Lord Ashcroft notes
The results show Boris’s unique ability both to galvanise Tories and appeal to supporters of other parties. Under the standard voting intention question, 72 per cent of those who voted Conservative in 2010 said they would do so again; with Boris named as the candidate this rose to 79 per cent, with the proportion backing UKIP falling from 18 per cent to 13 per cent. The proportion of 2010 Labour voters switching to the Tories nearly trebled from 6 per cent to 16 per cent, and the numbers switching from the Lib Dems almost doubled from 18 per cent to 35 per cent.
If these figures are indicative of the wider public, then expect Boris to feature very heavily in the Tory general election campaign, if Tory high command can work out to harness the power of the Mayor of London.