It’s official. Boris Johnson is more popular than Ken Livingstone with the decent working man. In a YouGov poll, offering a straight choice between Boris and Ken, Boris led by 44% to 41%. Since the beginning of the Mayoral contest, Boris has led Ken comfortably in the professional betting (usually judged the most accurate) and is still doing so. But the most outstanding achievement of our Mayor is that in spite of the cuts, he is polling well ahead of the Tory party.
Ken is polling a whopping 14% below the Labour Party. Londoners just don’t seem to like Ken, and they do like Boris, so much so, that many Labour voters plan to vote for him.
Lefties are desperately praying that dislike for the cuts will bring their man home. Even they aren’t so daft as to think he could win because of his hate campaign, unsubtly aimed at the “cruel Tories”, let alone his lack of personal charm.
The incredible thing is that lots of left wingers are voting Boris.
The truth is a beautiful thing and people recognise it when they hear it. That, in my view, explains Boris’s’s appeal. He tells the truth, whether it is popular or not, and Londoners appreciate that.