Salmond hails ‘fantastic’ poll result
Sunday, 11 September 2011 09:25
SNP has support of half the electorate
Westminster parties ‘on the run’
SNP Leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond MSP has hailed the result of the 'State of the Nation' poll carried out for the Sunday Express by Angus Reid which put support for the SNP at 49% - the third such poll to do so within the last 10 days.
The poll reflects other recent polling showing support for independence strengthening whilst the status quo weakens, with more people than not believing independence will happen in their lifetime. The poll also found a massive lead for devolving responsibility for oil revenues to Scotland and opposition to Trident being sited on the Clyde.
Commenting, Mr Salmond said:
“This is a fantastic poll. 45% of Scottish voters backed the SNP in May and, as we deliver our ambitious programme for government, that support is rising.
"The SNP now has the support of some half the electorate, and there is growing support for Scotland having the full range of job-creating powers we need to boost jobs and recovery, and becoming an equal and independent country with access to the record tax revenues being generated by Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas.
"The people of Scotland spoke in the election, and the Westminster parties all lag far behind the ambitions of the people.
"With the LibDems relegated to minor party status and leadership contests causing confusion and division, both Labour and the Tories are on the run in Scotland."
Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, hailed the poll results saying:
"Three polls in one week can't be wrong. Our record standing in the polls is testament to the strong SNP team working to protect Scotland during these tough economic times. These poll results give us good heart as we move towards the Council elections in May. With such strong support for the SNP it is clear the current Labour / Tory administration in Falkirk is in its last throes - its days are numbered - however we will take nothing for granted and will work for every vote over the coming months".