Scotland has greater confidence in Tory leader than Labour leader

The divide is wafer thin, but the Scottish Conservatives could become the official party of opposition

 

Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, is enjoying a clear personal lead over Labour’s leader, Kezia Dugdale, according to a new poll.

The figures produced by YouGov for the Times finds that 37 per cent believe Ms Davidson is doing well as Scottish Conservative Leader, compared to just 24 per cent who say the same about Kezia Dugdale’s leadership of Scottish Labour.

Asked who they think would make the better leader of the official Opposition in Scotland, 33 per cent said Davidson compared to just 18 per cent who said Dugdale.

SNP Leader and Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon however has 60 per cent of Scottish voters agreeing that she is doing well as First Minister.

Voters were also asked how they planned to case their votes in May.

On the constituency section of the vote, the results are:

SNP                50 per cent

Labour             21 per cent

Conservative   18 per cent

Lib Dem          5 per cent

Green              3 per cent

UKIP               2 per cent

Asked how they would vote in the regional list section of the ballot, the results showed:

SNP                45 per cent

Labour             19 per cent

Conservative   18 per cent

Lib Dem          5 per cent

Green              8 per cent

UKIP               3 per cent

Others             2 per cent

According to the Scotland Votes website, replicated at the election uniformly, such results would see (with changes from 2011 in brackets):

SNP                71 seats (+2)

Labour             23 seats (-14)

Conservative   24 seats (+9)

Lib Dems         3 seats (-2)

Green              8 seats (+6)

UKIP               0 seats (no change)

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