New poll shows dramatic swing to SNP for Westminster election
by Alexander Porter
Scottish news: New poll shows dramatic swing to SNP for Westminster election
A new opinion poll shows that the Scottish National Party (SNP) has opened up a six point lead over Labour in terms of Westminster parliament voting intentions in Scotland.
The survey, commissioned by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, found that 39 percent of Scots voters back the SNP ahead of Labour on 33 percent for a Westminster election.
The poll, with a strong sample of 703 Scottish voters, also found support for the Conservatives stands at 16 percent, the LibDems trailing on 6 percent behind 'others' on 7 percent.
The dramatic swing to the SNP will astound political commentators as it compares to a Labour lead over the SNP of 22 percent at the 2010 Westminster election.
With the 2014 referendum drawing closer, the Nationalists will be delighted with the survey, undertaken between 17th-28th October 2012, as it shows that despite being in government in Holyrood since 2007, Scots still identify strongly with the SNP as a party in the run up to the independence vote.
If the findings were replicated in what could be Scotland's last election for Westminster, the SNP would stand a strong chance of winning a majority of Scotland's seats - a potential outcome which will raise fears among Unionist parties thus strengthening the case for DevoMax as a way of offering radical constitutional change short of independence.
Welcoming the poll, Angus Robertson MP, Leader of the SNP's Westminster Group, said: "This is a fantastic poll showing the SNP is miles ahead of the other UK parties in terms of voting intentions for the UK parliament.
"This poll shows people in Scotland trust the SNP and have serious doubts about the anti-independence parties. Their constant negativity against the SNP is doing them no favours.
"The more people look at the kind of country they want Scotland to be the more they realise that the status quo is holding Scotland back.
"They want a better future and it is the SNP offering that option with our commitment to free prescriptions, the implementation of a living wage, retaining police officer numbers at the highest ever levels, free higher education, enhancing childcare provision to be the best in the UK, and delivering record low waiting times.
"These poll results pile more pressure on the anti-independence coalition to spell out what their vision is for Scotland’s constitutional future – the people of Scotland deserve to know what their alternative amounts to."