What is it about the London Mayoralty that gives incumbents good ratings?
When Boris Johnson was Mayor of London he always manage to secure better poll ratings than just about any of his Tory colleagues. For almost his entire 8 years at City Hall his leadership ratings remained positive and so it has been so far with Sadiq Khan who was elected in May.
Before Boris the Mayoralty was held by Ken who, certainly for the first few years, achieved good polling numbers.
The latest YouGov London polls finds 58% saying Khan is doing his job well compared with 14% saying “badly”. Extraordinarily more than half (51%) of CON GE2015 voters say Sadiq is doing well and 21% badly. Both of these sets of numbers are markedly up on what Khan was polling in July.
Even London Kippers seem more happy with their Mayor with 24% saying he’s doing well compared with 14% in July.
Khan’s ratings amongst Londoners compare with the net minus 20% that Corbyn gets on the “well/badly” assessment. Those who voted LAB at GE2015 split 42/40 – hardly a ringing endorsement.
Inevitably Khan is being talked of as a possible future LAB leader.