Labour’s Scottish woes continue

Polls show SNP is ahead with voters

Just days after IPSOS Mori’s poll for STV pointed to near melt down for Scottish Labour in next year’s General Election, the news just gets worse for Labour north of the border.

According to new polling released again by Ipsos Mori for STV, 57 per cent of those certain to vote in the 2016 elections to Holyrood indicated they would vote SNP. This is a 12 per cent increase on the party’s share of the vote in 2011.

The SNP’s numbers put them a huge 34 percentage points ahead of Scottish Labour,who languish on 23 per cent. This is well down on the near 32 per cent of the vote that Scottish Labour secured in the constituency vote in the 2011 elections, which saw the SNP sweep to an outright majority.

The Conservatives stand on 8 percent (down 6 points), whilst the Lib Dems are on 6 per cent, 2 points down on their results in 2011.

When asked how they would vote in the regional list section of the ballot paper, 50 per cent of those certain to vote said SNP (up 6 points from 2011) and 23 per cent said Labour (down just over 3 points). 8 per cent said Conservative (down just over 4 points from 2011) whilst the Lib Dems are on 6 per cent (just up on the 5.2 per cent of the vote they secured in the 2011 list vote).

The same poll, being released over a number of days, also reported that despite declarations to the contrary by the main UK parties, 58 per cent of Scots would support holding another independence referendum within the next 5 years, with 66 per cent supporting another vote in the next 10 years.

55 per cent indicated that they would support holding another referendum on Scottish independence in the event of the UK as a whole voting to leave the European Union.

Over the weekend, a YouGov poll for the Times revealed that excluding the ‘don’t knows’ and those who would not vote, 52 per cent would vote for Scotland to go it alone if there was a referendum tomorrow, compared to 48 per cent who would vote to stay.

Commenting on the latest Holyrood voting intention figures, Mark Diffley, Director at Ipsos MORI Scotland noted that they emphasised once again the mountain that the next Scottish Labour leader has to climb. He explained:

“These findings chime with voting intentions for the Westminster parliament and confirm the strong position that the SNP is currently in. The figures represent both a high point for the SNP and a low point for Scottish Labour in terms of polls we have undertaken. It also underlines the tough challenge faced by Labour’s new Scottish leader in the months ahead in winning back some of the lost ground.”

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor to Left Foot Forward

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