How well is Sadiq Khan handling COVID-19, according to Londoners?

Connor IbbetsonData Journalist
March 18, 2021, 10:42 AM UTC

Capital residents are split over their mayor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

With the mayoral election fast approaching, how do Londoners think incumbent candidate Sadiq Khan has handled the pandemic ahead of visiting the polls?

Overall, Londoners are split over Khan’s handling of the pandemic: 43% think he has handled it well, while 39% think he has handled it badly.

Labour voters (60%) are the most likely to think Khan has handled the pandemic well, including one in eight (12%) who think Khan has handled it “very well”. However, around a quarter of Labour voters (26%) are not happy with Khan’s performance and think he has handled the pandemic badly.

While a similar number of Liberal Democrats (52%) think Khan is handling the pandemic well, Conservatives are more likely to think that Khan has handled the pandemic badly (68%) - including 41% of Tory voters who think Khan has handled the issue of COVID-19 “very badly”.

Khan’s rating among Londoners puts him slightly behind that of the UK government among Britons, YouGov’s latest research shows that 50% of all Britons think the government is handling the pandemic well, versus 45% of the population who think they are handling it badly.

However, in the devolved nations, people are much more positive of their own government’s handling. Some six in ten (60%) of Welsh people think the Welsh government are handling the crisis well while 33% think they are handling it badly. Scots held similar feelings in January, when 60% said the Scottish government was handling the pandemic well, compared to 36% who thought it was handling the crisis badly.

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