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Sadiq Khan given poll boost after first two months in office

711 July 2016


Sadiq Khan got off to a flying start as Mayor, a new poll reveals today.

Three times as many Londoners believe he is doing well than badly – 45 per cent compared to 15 per cent, according to the YouGov survey, with 40 per cent “don’t know”.

He has particularly impressed 18 to 24-year-olds, with 50 per cent saying he is doing well, and 25 to 49-year-olds, 48 per cent.

In his first two months in office, he has also won praise from professional and skilled workers, with 48 per cent believing he is doing a good job at City Hall, though fewer unskilled and low paid workers are impressed, 40 per cent.

The former MP for Tooting has hit the spotlight since becoming Mayor with tough words accusing US presidential hopeful Donald Trump of fuelling extremism with anti-Muslim comments, has campaigned strongly against Brexit and launched radical action to tackle London’s toxic air.

But he has been accused of watering down his flagship fares freeze and there are also already concerns whether he will deliver on his housing pledges, though this may have been made all the more difficult by economic uncertainty following the vote to quit the EU.

Housing is still seen as the greatest priority for the Mayor, 66 per cent, followed by transport on 51 per cent, then economic development and regeneration, 33 per cent, policing 32 per cent, health 28 per cent, the environment 19 per cent, and arts and culture five per cent.

Asked to pick up to two housing priorities for the Mayor, 45 per cent said more homes for people to buy at affordable prices, 41 per cent more homes for rent at affordable rents, and 38 per cent making it harder for developers to sell properties to investors abroad, with more women and younger adults particularly holding this view.

Just over a fifth said protecting the green belt and 16 per cent named increasing the number of homes being built around London.

* YouGov interviewed 1,061 adults in London between July 1st and 5th.