On 6 May 2021, Londoners will vote in their sixth mayoral election. I’ve polled London Grindr users twice before, for the 2017 and 2019 general elections. (I’ve also polled Scotland 6 times – on Scottish independence, Brexit, the 2015, 2017, and 2019 general elections, and the 2019 European election; the United States twice – on the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections; and Wales once – on the 2015 general election.) This time, I asked 1,059 Grindr users across London who they want to be their mayor.
The following is a sample of the replies.
(Faces in profile pictures have been censored.)
Of the 1,059 users I questioned, 293 responses were counted. 74 of these answered with an eligible candidate. 11 of the 20 candidates on the ballot received at least 1 vote. Here are the results:
|38 (51%)||SADIQ KHAN (Labour)|
|12 (16%)||SIÂN BERRY (Green)|
|7 (9%)||NIKO OMILANA (independent)|
|4 (5%)||SHAUN BAILEY (Conservative)|
|3 (4%)||LUISA PORRITT (Lib Dem)|
|2 (3%)||BRIAN ROSE (London Real)|
|2 (3%)||COUNT BINFACE (Count Binface Party)|
|2 (3%)||MAX FOSH (independent)|
|2 (3%)||VALERIE BROWN (Burning Pink)|
|1 (1%)||DAVID KURTEN (Heritage)|
|1 (1%)||PETER GAMMONS (UKIP)|
|0 (0%)||LAURENCE FOX (Reclaim)|
|0 (0%)||MANDU REID (Women's Equality)|
|0 (0%)||PIERS CORBYN (Let London Live)|
|0 (0%)||STEVE KELLEHER (SDP)|
|0 (0%)||VANESSA HUDSON (Animal Welfare)|
|0 (0%)||KAM BALAYEV (Renew)|
|0 (0%)||RICHARD HEWISON (Rejoin EU)|
|0 (0%)||NIMS OBUNGE (independent)|
|0 (0%)||FARAH LONDON (independent)|
Incumbent mayor Sadiq Khan is comfortably re-elected, while Siân Berry, Niko Omilana, and Shaun Bailey at least clear the 5% mark required not to lose their deposits.
Ballots in London mayoral elections allow you to select a second preference candidate. I didn’t ask for second preferences, but two respondents volunteered them anyway – both of them were Luisa Porritt voters whose second preference is Sadiq Khan. As Khan already has more than 50% of Grindr’s first-round votes, second preferences would not be required here.
Some respondents also told me their least favourite candidates. Sadiq Khan is the least favourite of 8 respondents, Shaun Bailey is the least favourite of 5, and Laurence Fox and Brian Rose each the least favourite of 2.
Not counted towards the percentages are the following responses:
|28||None of the above (inc. 1 spoiled ballot)|
|9||Not eligible to vote|
|142||Evasive or unclear|
Only 2 undecided respondents clarified who exactly they were undecided between – one couldn’t decide between Max Fosh and Niko Omilana, and one couldn’t decide between Siân Berry and Sadiq Khan. They were not counted in the results for any of those candidates.
Evasive or unclear responses can be roughly divided into the following categories:
|20||None of your business|
|14||What the fuck?|
|11||This is not the place for that|
|11||Too horny to engage politically|
|10||Joke answers (e.g. Baby Yoda, Margaret Rutherford, Brian Paddick etc)|
|9||What about you?|
|8||That's an unusual chat-up line|
|7||Fuck off, fuck you, shut the fuck up etc|
This is one of three polls conducted in the run-up to the elections of May 6 2021. The other two are: