A new Ipsos MORI poll for STV has put support for the SNP at more than double that of the Labour Party for the 2016 Holyrood election, in both constituency and regional votes.


In the constituency vote it put backing for the SNP at 53 per cent – up 8.4 per cent on the landslide 2011 result – while support for Labour stood at just 24 per cent – down 7.7 per cent on their 2011 result. Support for the Tories and Lib Dems fell by 2.9 per cent, down to 11 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.


Meanwhile on the regional list, support for the SNP is at 48 per cent – up 4 per cent on the 2011 result – while backing for Labour is at 22 per cent – down 4.3 per cent on 2011. Support for the Tories is at 11 per cent, backing for the LibDems is at 5 per cent, and support for the Greens is at 10 per cent.


Welcoming the poll, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP said:


“Following on from the very encouraging polling results in yesterday’s Westminster opinion poll, today’s polling that puts support for the SNP at more than double that of Labour is extremely good news.


“To be leading so substantially in the polls almost eight years after taking office is testament to the SNP's record of delivering improved public services and standing up for Scotland in the face of Westminster austerity.


“It also shows just how heavy a price Labour is now paying for its disastrous decision to campaign hand in glove with the Tories during the referendum – as Jim Murphy’s ‘reverse honeymoon’ continues, Labour are now polling lower than at any point during Ian Gray’s leadership. 


“At this stage before the last Holyrood election, Labour were leading in the polls - and still went on to lose the election as people backed the SNP in record numbers. Now, Labour are 29 points behind.


“And the SNP are recording even higher levels of support than we achieved in the 2011 landslide result.


“These polling results are great indications of the backing people across Scotland are giving the SNP, but we are taking nothing for granted and will work tirelessly to live up to the trust people across Scotland are putting in us.”



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