Survey reveals Londoners lack knowledge of the London Assembly

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11th October 2017 17:51 - Local Government

Survey reveals Londoners lack knowledge of the London Assembly

Survey reveals Londoners lack knowledge of the London Assembly: A survey conducted by YouGov and the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London, interviewed 1,044 adults from London for a project called ‘Polling London’.

‘Polling London’ is a series of political opinion polls conducted around London and is led by Director of the Mile End Institute, Professor Philip Cowley.

Included in the project, a recent survey tested the respondents’ knowledge of the London Assembly and asked Londoners how they would prefer to be governed.

 

Respondents gave the following answers on how they would prefer London to be governed:

·       32% said they would like things to stay as they are;

·       15% said they want the Mayor of London and the London Assembly to have more powers;

·       9% said they want the Mayor of London’s and the London Assembly’s powers to be reduced;

·       9% said they want London to become an independent country, separate from the UK;

·       7% said they would prefer to be governed by local borough councils.

 

The survey then asked respondents how good of a job the following London Assembly members are doing, on a scale of very good to very bad.

The following London Assembly members were rated as:

 

Gareth Bacon (Conservative)

Fairly-very good: 4%

Fairly-very bad: 2%

 

Len Duvall (Labour)

Fairly-very good: 4%

Fairly-very bad: 3%

 

Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

Fairly-very good: 4%

Fairly-very bad: 2%

 

In addition, two fake politicians were also included in order to test the respondents’ knowledge of the London Assembly. The answers were as followed:

 

Adam Wilson:

Fairly-very good job: 4%

Fairly-very bad job: 2%

 

Eve Slocombe:

Fairly-very good job: 3%

Fairly-very bad job: 2%

 

Nonetheless, out of those that said they knew about the London Assembly, 69-84 per cent said they were unsure of both the fake and the real members of the London Assembly.

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