Saturday, 12 July 2008

Boris Johnson's ratings fall as pundits smell blood

Boris Johnson's approval rating among political insiders has plunged 27 points in the last month, after a succession of poor decisions and damning headlines.

The survey of 100 leading political insiders was carried out by Politics Home in the days following the Ray Lewis fiasco and reflects growing doubts about his ability to be an effective leader of the capital.

Boris's approval rating amongst right-leaning panelists has dropped slightly but still remains high. However, the biggest drop was among left-wing and non-aligned panelists. 

Significantly non-aligned members of the panel now rate him as a poor mayor by a margin of 60-40 with only four per cent of all panelists believing that he is doing a very good job as mayor.

The results come in advance of the first opinion poll on his performance so far which was carried out this week by Yougov. The results are expected later this weekend or early next week.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's not too late for them to swap him for someone else. I hear Jeffrey Archer is at a loose end these days.

Helen said...

The whole Oyster network was down this morning, I wondering if Kulveer would've been kicked out by the time I got home...

Alex said...

I wonder if it's anything to do with the class break of the NXP MiFare Classic smartcards? Some months ago, Dutch students demonstrated an effective attack on them, and later also did the allegedly better MiFare Plus ones. So far the only response from NXP Semiconductor, the makers, has been to sue them.

The only response from TfL has been to deny that you could do anything with the ability to set the details on an Oystercard to entirely arbitrary values.

Chris said...

Maybe they were under so much pressure from Lynton Crosby that they ran out of time to turn on the network. Either that, or a bishop cut all the data cables.

Helen said...

Ah, yeah, I wondered what that bloke in the mitre was doing with those bolt-cutters.

Anonymous said...

The only decent Tory I can think of that they could replace Boris with is Greg Dyke. Well, Gilligan wouldn't be so pleased about that.

barry rochford said...

I don't think Greg Dyke is a Tory - isn't he an SDP Blairite type? Any way he's half-competent and has some scruples, so why would the Tories want him? (The only thing he has in common with Boris is that he employed Andrew Gilligan, which may yet be ominous)
I think Jeffrey Archer would be good - if he was mayor, there would be less overcrowding in the prisons and he could bring back the Londoner as a serialised novel to read on the tube when they run.

Helen said...

"Decent Tory"?

asquith said...

I hope all the fuckers that voted for Boris off the telly are happy now.

angelneptunestar said...

Asquith, we are and our faith is unshaken.

angelneptunestar said...

I am really surprised that Boris Johnson has plunged 27 points with left wing pundits, because that means they gave him 27 points when he started the job. How is this possible? Didn't they start him from 0 points?

It is quite good if they gave him 27 points, so really this is good news for Boris then.

The Tory Troll said...

Not with left wing pundits. 27 points with the group overall. Only 4 per cent of the whole group think he is doing a very good job as well. Care to spin that in a good light somehow?