Latest: How Ken took a lead over Boris


2:40 pm - January 19th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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Today’s YouGov has the striking finding that Ken has taken a two point lead over Boris on the Mayoral elections.

Their difference is within the margin of error, but the move towards Ken is without doubt – at the last YouGov poll, Ken was 8pts behind Boris.

So why the big change? First, Boris looks increasingly out of touch, say YouGov:

The proportion saying Boris is ‘in touch with the concerns of ordinary people’ has tumbled since June from 20% to 13%. A bearable score has become a terrible one. Meanwhile Ken, who was already ahead with 37%, has seen his ‘in touch’ score climb to 40%. He was in front; he is now out of sight.

Wow, that is a huge lead, and with the economic situation predicted to get worse this year – Ken will clearly benefit from Boris focusing on protecting bankers.

Secondly, the Boris-Labour vote has collapsed by half:

Last June, when we looked at people who took sides when given a straight choice between the two men, Labour voters divided: Ken 77%, Boris 23%. Our latest figures are: Ken 88%, Boris 12%. If we assume the same turnout [as] last time, this amounts to 100,000 Labour voters switching back from Boris to Ken.

There are two other points that Dave Hill notices

- Ken’s honesty rating remains lower than Boris’s: 18% compared with 24%.
- When asked who had achieved more as mayor: 40% thought Ken had done better, with 30% for Boris.

The Ken Livingonstone team suddenly have a spring in their step.

Adam Bienkov looks at how Boris became complacent:

So as Londoners struggled back to work on overcrowded trains with even more expensive season tickets, Boris allowed himself to be pictured skiing in the Italian Alps.

Whilst Ken talks about fares, Boris talks about the 50p tax rate. Whilst Boris talks about helping bankers, Ken talks about helping commuters.

That sounds about right.

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Transport transport transport.

They started focusing on fares, and suddenly discovered that they actually had a campaign.

Dream on!

3. Ciaran Osborne

Yes please, more Ken please.

Isn’t it time to start up the ”Boris is a racist” campaign again and scare eldely black people about what might happen if he’s elected (like happened last time)?
http://www.newstatesman.com/society/2008/06/boris-regime-mcgrath-mayor

Personally, I saw no difference to having Ken or Boris as mayor when I was living in London. It’s not really important IMO. The tube and bus fares are too high whoever’s in charge.

Ken hired Lee Jasper, and Boris employs Munira Mirza.
It was an interesting marker of their different outlook’s.
I much prefered BJ’s choice of advisor.

Nah, all wrong. It was this:

“Ken lost his temper on the BBC’s Vanessa Feltz show this morning after being challenged about calling Boris Johnson a “pickpocket” on fares.”

Gilligan for the Telegraph, obviously a big fan, wrote these words to tar Ken – but I say it backfired. People love a bully, and people love bullying Vanessa Feltz. The bully bullied is a sight to behold.

There’s your answer as to why Ken is in the lead.

Also, wit like this:

“Ken Livingstone said that sending Jeffrey Archer to prison was a waste of time which allowed him to “sit there and write two more books”.”

Next question.


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