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09/10/2015 12:02 BST | Updated 09/10/2015 12:59 BST

Zac Goldsmith And Sadiq Khan Neck And Neck In London Mayor Race

London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith addresses delegates in the third day of the Conservative Party annual conference at Manchester Central Convention Centre.
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London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith addresses delegates in the third day of the Conservative Party annual conference at Manchester Central Convention Centre.

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan are neck and neck in the race to become mayor of London, according to a poll published on Friday.

The YouGov survey for the Evening Standard showed Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate, on 49% with Labour's Khan on 51%. The tight race has surprised some commentators as the capital is considered to be a more pro-Labour city.

Asked by YouGob which candidate would make the better mayor by, 28% choose Goldsmith, 29% choose Khan. And 44% said they were not sure.

Freddie Sayers, the editor-in-chief of the polling company, said: "What’s remarkable is just how evenly matched the two men are, right down to the different aspects of their personality. Likeable? Its 41%/41%. Good in a crisis? 26%/27%. Up to the job of Mayor? 38%/39%.

"There’s only one area where you start to see a major difference – whether the two men are ‘in touch with ordinary people’. 41% think Mr Khan is, compared to only 18% for Zac Goldsmith. His multi-millionaire status is one weak point for the Tory, and you can expect his rival to make a lot of noise about it."