YouGov poll: Sadiq Khan’s approval rating negative for first time


adiq Khan’s approval ratings have fallen solidly in negative territory for the first time since he became mayor in 2016, a new poll has revealed.

A YouGov survey shows that 48 percent of adults in the capital say Mr Khan is doing poorly, while more than a quarter of respondents say he is doing very poorly.

By contrast, only 38 percent say he’s doing well – a drop of seven percentage points since the last time YouGov conducted a survey of the mayor’s performance in March 2021.

The results give him a net approval rating of minus ten, the first time he has entered so clearly into negative territory, according to YouGov’s tracker.

A separate poll, commissioned by City Hall in May 2019, saw Mr Khan’s net popularity score drop to minus one.

His highest approval rating in the YouGov tracker came in May 2017 – a year after he was first elected – when 61 per cent of Londoners said Mr Khan did a good job. Khan won another term as mayor in May 2021 with a 55 percent share of the vote after a second round.

Abigail Ax-Browne, head of research at YouGov, said: “Almost a year into his second term as mayor of London, and for the first time since YouGov started asking in 2017, more Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing worse than good.

“While retaining the support of Labor voters in 2019, his results have dropped markedly among them over the past year.

“In three key areas he is responsible for – crime, housing and transport – more Londoners think he is performing poorly than he thinks he is performing well. Perhaps more detrimental to the mayor is the fact that 2019 Labor voters also tend to disapprove of his handling of housing and crime. “

The mayor faces calls to do more to tackle juvenile knife crime after 30 teenagers were murdered in the capital in 2021. However, his allies insist that total knife crime, homicide, burglary and gun crime are all falling.

With regard to transport, Mr Khan has warned that he may have to cut underground and bus connections unless he can secure a long-term financing settlement with the government of TfL, which has been hit by a sharp drop in revenue under Covid pandemic.

Many motorists are also opposed to plans to push ahead with controversial, low-traffic neighborhoods that will see the widening of wider sidewalks, separate bike paths and restrictions on through traffic.

Although the mayor’s allies say he has not been afraid to make the tough decisions to tackle pollution and congestion in the capital, motorists fear they may be hit by a new toll system designed to help City Hall reach its net zero target in 2030.

With regard to housing, Mr Khan has been accused by the Conservatives of lacking ambition in providing affordable housing in the capital. His supporters counter that he said work on more municipal housing was started last year than at any time since the 1970s.

A source from London Labor said: “Sadiq was overwhelmingly re-elected nine months ago and is working to deliver a greener, safer and fairer city for all Londoners.”

YouGov’s survey showed that more than half of adults – 51 per cent – in outer London thought the mayor was doing poorly, compared with 43 per cent in inner London. Those over 65 were Mr Khan’s harshest critics, with 56 per cent of the population saying he did poorly compared to 37 per cent of 18-24 year olds.

YouGov interviewed 1,115 adults in London between 7 and 10 January. Data are weighted.

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