Saturday, May 03, 2008

Paddick Polls 9.8%

The London Mayor results are out, though the BBC are continuing their record in the reporting of these elections by only giving numbers for Ken and Boris. The Graun, at least, has given us the numbers.

And they're not pretty. What happened here? Was this sheer Boris factor squeezing our vote, or has something more significant happened to our London support? The assembly numbers point towards the latter.

In the light of a by no means shabby night throughout the rest of the country, I hope the party works out what went wrong in London.

4 comments:

Liz said...

Was this sheer Boris factor squeezing our vote, or has something more significant happened to our London support? The assembly numbers point towards the latter

I'm not sure that's the case - I think that people have a tendency to prefer to vote a straight ticket, so the squeeze for Mayor will have affected the Assembly vote as well. I haven't seen a London-wide percentage breakdown for the Assembly, though - if our percentage for the Assembly is significantly lower than 9.8%, that might point to a more serious problem.

Andy said...

Much as I might want to write it off that way, a quick look at the Green performance on the list election compared to their mayoral performance suggests to me that it's not that simple - or at least, that it's possible to tempt voters away from voting a straight ticket.

Liz said...

According to the report on the Make Votes Count website, we got 11.22% in the list vote - more than in the Mayoral vote. I think what's happened is that the high profile of the Mayoral contest this time has brought out more Labour and Tory voters. I haven't had time yet to look to see how our vote compares to last time in absolute terms, though.

Andy said...

OK, I'll buy that.