NEW POLL SHOWING RECORD SUPPORT BRINGS EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR SNP
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:22
HARD WORK AHEAD FOR SNP TO DELIVER STRONG TEAM OF MPs
The SNP has welcomed a new poll showing the party’s support at a record high in Survation polls for a UK General Election – and SNP support in the Scottish Parliament constituency vote reaching more than 50 per cent for the first time.
The Survation poll for the Daily Record shows support for the SNP standing at 48 per cent for Westminster – 24 points ahead of Labour. For the Scottish Parliament constituency vote, SNP support stands at 50.8 per cent – more than double Labour’s support of only 24.6 per cent.
The poll will come as a blow to Labour’s new leadership team – finding that 18 per cent of people are less likely to vote for Labour now that Jim Murphy is leader, compared to only 14 per cent who said they are more likely.
Commenting, First Minister and SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon said:
"This is a great early Christmas present for the SNP - our best ever Survation poll rating for a UK General Election, as well as being over 50 per cent for the Scottish Parliament constituency vote for the first time.
"I warmly welcome this poll, but we take absolutely nothing for granted - and the hard work begins in the New Year to ensure that we achieve a strong group of SNP MPs to give Scotland the strongest possible voice at Westminster. That way, we can use our influence to bring an end to austerity economics, make Scotland free of Trident nuclear weapons, and get the powers Scotland needs to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy."
SNP General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP added:
"It is really encouraging to see SNP support continue to grow three months after the referendum, and less than five months to the General Election.
“The poll shows that Jim Murphy has had a 'reverse honeymoon' as leader of Labour in Scotland - with the SNP stretching our lead even further since he took up the post. On these figures, Labour would even lose Mr Murphy's seat.
“The poll shows that more people are actually less likely to vote Labour under his leadership than more likely - it indicates that Johann Lamont's admission that Labour in Scotland are just a 'branch office' of Westminster has hit home and is widely understood across Scotland."