Thursday, 2 February 2012

SNP Record Highest Ever Poll Lead


The SNP has scored its highest ever recorded opinion poll lead of 26 per cent, in a stunning new poll released today.

The Ipsos Mori poll shows that 49 per cent of voters would vote SNP in a Scottish general election. In contrast, Labour would be backed by just 23 per cent of voters, their lowest ever recorded poll rating.

A Holyrood election based on these figures would result in Labour retaining just one constituency MSP, while among the constituencies which would be won by the SNP are those of current and former Labour leaders Johann Lamont and Iain Gray.

The poll also shows that 58 per cent of Scots are satisfied with the performance of First Minister Alex Salmond, giving him a positive poll rating of +22. The other Scottish party leaders and Prime Minister David Cameron, in contrast, all score negative satisfaction ratings with Scottish voters.

SNP Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP said:

“This is a very welcome poll, which gives the SNP our biggest ever recorded opinion poll lead. It is an enormous vote of confidence by voters in the work and the record of the SNP Scottish Government and the First Minister.

“These figures would see the SNP win 73 seats in the Scottish Parliament, while the other parties would be reduced to a rump.

“It is abundantly clear that Scots voters believe that the actions of the SNP Scottish government are the right ones. We are providing help for households in tough times through our social wage, supporting vital public services in the face of severe Westminster cuts, and we will ensure that the Scottish people are able to choose their own and their nation’s future in a referendum on Scottish Independence.

“In contrast, the unrelenting negativity of the Labour Party sees them fall to their lowest ever poll rating, which would reduce them to a single, solitary constituency in the Scottish Parliament. Scots voters obviously do not look kindly on the Labour/Tory pact to block Scotland’s right to self-determination.

“These are also superb ratings for the First Minister – any leader in Western Europe, never mind these islands, would give their eye teeth to have satisfaction ratings of plus 58 per cent, with a net positive rating of plus 22 per cent. David Cameron, by contrast, is minus 28 per cent. Incredibly, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are even less popular in Scotland than the Prime Minister, and the opposition leaders at Holyrood are unknown. It is another powerful indication that voters continue to back the Scottish Government’s record, team and vision for Scotland.”

The Ipsos Mori poll of 1,005 respondents results are:

SNP: 49% Lab: 23% Con: 13% Lib: 10% Gre: 3% SSP: 1% Ind: 1%

The projected Holyrood seats based on the poll is (2011 result in brackets):

SNP: 73 (+4) Lab: 29 (-8) Lib D: 11 (+6) Con: 14 (-1) Gre: 1 (-1) Ind: 1
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