Conference boost as new poll shows SNP leading Labour

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By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Scottish National Party has today welcomed a new opinion poll published by Angus Reid, in which the breakdown for Scotland has put the party on 47% in voting intentions for Westminster, a full 13 points ahead of the Labour party.
 
The survey also shows all three UK leaders unpopular in Scotland with David Cameron rejected by three quarters of Scots.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Scottish National Party has today welcomed a new opinion poll published by Angus Reid, in which the breakdown for Scotland has put the party on 47% in voting intentions for Westminster, a full 13 points ahead of the Labour party.
 
The survey also shows all three UK leaders unpopular in Scotland with David Cameron rejected by over three quarters of Scots.

The figures, taken from a sub sample of 185 respondents, comes on the first day of the SNP’s Spring Conference in Glasgow.

SNP Campaign Director Angus Robertson welcomed the results and claimed it showed the party’s support was holding firm since last year’s Holyrood election:

“We go into this year’s conference in upbeat mood as party members from across Scotland gather in Glasgow – making it our biggest ever Spring Conference.” he said.

Mr Robertson highlighted the party’s growing membership numbers and added:

“We also gather as our party membership continues to rise – with nearly 2,400 new members since the New Year – a 12 per cent increase.

“Last year in Glasgow we were preparing for what became a historic result in May with the election of the first ever majority SNP Government.

“We won last year’s elections, we are working hard to win this year’s local government elections for the people of Scotland and we are working to win the referendum for Scotland’s future.

“And yet again all three UK leaders – Miliband, Cameron and Clegg – score negative ratings in Scotland.

“While they continue to offer nothing but negativity, the SNP is committed to giving the people of Scotland what they want – a positive vision of our country’s future.

According to the pollster, over three-in-four Scots (77%) – hold unfavourable views on the Conservative Prime Minister.  Mr Cameron’s approval rating across the UK as a whole was 36%, with Labour leader Ed Miliband continuing to struggle on 29%.

The Scottish sub sample of 185 people should be treated with caution and has an increased margin of error over the accepted minimum participant numbers of around 1000.  However the size of the SNP lead, at 13% for a Westminster election, is significant enough to cause concern for Scottish Labour as the parties gear up for the local elections this May.

The results of the Scottish element of the poll will also cause major concern for Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie whose party have now slipped to just 5%, lower than for ‘others’.

The results of the Angus Reid poll breakdown for Scotland was as follows:

  • SNP: 47%
  • Labour: 34%
  • Tory: 8%
  • LibDem: 5%
  • Other: 6%

The poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion was conducted an online survey among 2,018 adults (185 in Scotland) from March 6 to March 7, 2012.

Details of the survey can be downloaded from here: http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/44432/labour-gains-in-britain-as-disapproval-for-cameron-and-clegg-rises/