Nearly HALF of Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing a bad job: Labour mayor suffers severe slump with his approval rating now in negative territory for first time since taking office in 2016
Almost half of Londoners think 사디크 칸 is doing a bad job as Mayor in his worst approval rating yet, a new survey has revealed.
According to a YouGov poll, 48 per cent of adults in the capital say Mr Khan is performing badly, while more than a quarter of those surveyed said he was doing ‘very badly.’
그 동안에, 다만 38 per cent of respondents said they think he is doing ‘well’, representing a seven per cent drop since the last such survey in March 2021.
The former MP for Tooting – who has been mayor of 런던 이후 2016 – now has a net approval rating of minus ten.
It is the first time the 51 year old has entered negative territory, according to YouGov, in what will be seen as a negative judgement of his handling of the Covid pandemic.
In fact on three key issues – crime, housing and transport – more Londoners think Mr Khan is performing badly than well.
조차 2019 Labour voters disapprove of his handling of housing and crime, the stats show, in what will be sober reading for the career politician.
It is a stark contrast to his ratings following his first year as Mayor in May 2017, 언제 61 per cent of Londoners believed he was doing a good job.
It follows the unpopular introduction of several hundred miles of temporary cycle lanes during the pandemic as part of Mr Khan’s ‘Streetspace’ 마약 밀매 근절을 위한 새로운 전략을 도입한다고 발표했습니다. – which was ruled ‘unlawful’ by a judge last year.
The lanes sparked criticism from motorists for increasing congestion, and one on Kensington High Street was removed following a local outcry.
So-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), which see pavements widened, roads closed off and cycle lanes introduced, have also been heavily criticised after they were accused of making little impact on pollution and of simply moving congestion and emissions to other areas – while some emergency services said they hampered their ability to arrive to incidents quickly.
Meanwhile Mr Khan was last week accused of a ‘money-making’ plot to force motorists to ‘pay per mile’ to drive in the captial, in a bid to force those who use 가솔린 or diesel cars to switch to public transport, 걷는, cycling or electric vehicles ‘where necessary’.
According to a YouGov poll, 48 per cent of adults in the capital say Sadiq Khan (사진) is performing badly as Mayor, while more than a quarter of those surveyed said he was doing ‘very badly.’
다만 38 per cent of respondents said they think he is doing ‘well’, representing a seven per cent drop since the last survey in March 2021
What are Khan’s plans to hit motorists?
The Mayor’s ultimate ambition is to introduce the world’s first per-mile road-user charging scheme to London by the end of the decade. No figure was given for how much motorists could be charged.
그동안, Mr Khan is also considering the following before the end of his second term of office in May 2024:
- A daily clean air charge of around £2 to drive a petrol or diesel car in London. On top of ULEZ (£12.50 a day) and the Congestion Charge (월 £33).
- Expanding ULEZ to all 33 자치구.
- Pressing ahead with a £3.50 boundary charge for entering London.
Mr Khan’s low approval rating comes after he was re-elected to the role in May last year after winning 55 per cent of the votes in a second-round run off against Conservative rival Shaun Bailey.
Abigail Axe-Browne, research manager at YouGov, 말했다: ‘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 badly than well.
‘While he is retaining support amongst 2019 Labour voters, his scores have declined notably among them over the past year.
‘On three key areas he has responsibility for – crime, housing and transport – more Londoners think he is performing badly than believe he is performing well.
‘Perhaps more damaging for the Mayor is the fact 2019 Labour voters also tend to disapprove of his handling of housing and crime.’
It comes as knife crime continues to take its toll on the capital’s young people – 와 30 teenagers losing their lives to the scourge last year.
The crime epidemic among the youth overshadows the fact that, as his allies insist, overall crime is coming down, including homicides, burglaries and gun violence.
There have also been ongoing transport woes causing headaches for Londoners, including Tube strikes and the controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs).
Mr Khan has warned of cuts to Tube and bus services if he is unable to secure a long-term funding agreement with the Government for Transport for London (TfL)
Abigail Axe-Browne, research manager at YouGov, 말했다: ‘On three key areas he has responsibility for – crime, housing and transport – more Londoners think he is performing badly than believe he is performing well.’
Mr Khan performed better than other leaders in the poll, including Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Mr Khan has warned of cuts to Tube and bus services if he is unable to secure a long-term funding agreement with the Government for Transport for London (TfL).
The transport body has experienced severe drops in revenues due to the Covid lockdowns and amid a shift to working from home for thousands of workers.
그 동안에, the development of more LTNs will still go ahead despite their unpopularity – and after they were accused of making little impact on pollution and simply moving congestion and emissions to other areas.
The scheme involves installing cycle lanes, closing off roads to through traffic and widening pavements.
Emergency services have said they impact on their ability to respond to incidents quickly, although studies have also shown they have helped to reduce injuries to pedestrians and car passengers in areas where they have been introduced.
Mr Khan’s Conservative rivals accuse him of lacking ambition when it comes to providing affordable homes – however his allies say more work on council homes was started last year than at any time since the 1970s.
A London Labour source told the Evening Standard: ‘Sadiq was overwhelmingly re-elected nine months ago and is getting on with the job of delivering a greener, 더 안전한, fairer city for all Londoners.’
The figures show he is less popular in outer London, 어디 51 per cent of residents believe he is doing badly – dropping to 43 per cent in inner London.
And he is much more popular among 18-24 year olds, 86년생 첫 취임 37 per cent of people in that age group believing him to be performing badly.
He is most disliked by over 65s, 와 56 per cent of such residents saying he is doing a bad job.
Mr Khan performed better than other leaders in the poll, which was conducted between January 7 과 10, including Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
뿐 33 per cent of Londoners believe Sir Keir is doing a good job, dropping to just 21 per cent for the embattled PM.