It looks like the May's election for Mayor of London will be a close run thing. A new poll today from YouGov has Ken Livingstone two points ahead of Boris Johnson – a big turnaround from the eight point lead Boris had in June:
So why the change? YouGov's Peter Kellner has a good article on the poll's details here, but two key points jump out from the numbers:
1. Labour voters are getting behind Ken. In June, 21 per cent of Londoners who said they'd vote Labour in a general election supported Boris over Ken for mayor. Now, that's almost halved to 11 per cent.
2. Boris' ‘out of touch’ problem is growing. YouGov ask voters which qualities they think each of the candidates have. Boris has a big lead when it comes to ‘charisma’, but he's also seen to be far more ‘out of touch’. Just 13 per cent say he's ‘in touch with the concerns of ordinary people’ – down from 20 per cent in June – while 40 per cent say Ken is.