Miliband even less popular amongst Scots than Cameron

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by a Newsnet reporter

As David Cameron paid a flying visit to Scotland and Douglas Alexander called for Labour to take a new approach the latest polls show both the Tories and Labour are struggling to make any ground in Scotland.  

This latest survey, conducted by Yougov on behalf of the Sun, confirms recent polls which have seen Scottish voters continuing to lend their support to the SNP.  The Yougov poll was conducted earlier this week and shows that the SNP are leading Labour for Westminster elections by 37% to 30% as support for the Tory Government and Labour leadership hits rock bottom.  The Conservatives record a voting intention share of 21%, with the Lib Dems languishing on just 5%.  

Worryingly for Labour party strategists, the polling evidence now exhibits a strong trend showing that SNP support comfortably exceeds Labour support even in Westminster voting intentions and party leader Ed Miliband has not earned the confidence of the Scottish voter.  Scots show the lowest level of support for Mr Miliband’s leadership anywhere in the UK outside of the strongly Conservative South East of England.  Mr Miliband’s lack of impact will be a grave concern to the party as it struggles to regain the political initiative after its narrow defeat in the 2010 UK general election and its disastrous defeat in the 2011 Holyrood election.  

More Scots disapprove of the performance of the UK government than in any other part of the UK.  64% of Scots rate the Coalition negatively, while 68% say that they are opposed to it.  

For Labour the poll shows Scottish voters have the lowest confidence in Ed Miliband of anywhere in the UK outside of the South of England.  He enjoys lower popularity than even the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.  Asked “who would make the best prime minister?” and given a choice between David Cameron, Ed Miliband or Nick Clegg, 25% of Scots replied David Cameron compared to 21% who backed Ed Miliband.  A mere 4% answered Nick Clegg while 49% of Scots did not respond to the question.

The poll of 2640 voters across the UK containing a sample of 230 in Scotland was carried out between the 10th and 11th of October.

Reacting to the poll, SNP MSP and Senior Whip Bill Kidd said: “The supposed fightback from the UK parties is failing as voters continue to turn away from this Tory LibDem coalition and find no alternative in Ed Miliband or Labour’s London team.

“Scottish voters are clear that David Cameron does not represent their needs. The UK Government’s refusal to change its economic strategy, to invest in the capital projects that would help to create jobs and support recovery are just part of their problem.

“Fleeting visits from UK ministers to lecture Scots on the Union do not match the aspirations of the people of Scotland and a London Labour leader that doesn’t even know who is standing for his party in Scotland is evidence of how little Scotland means to Ed Miliband.

“And with only 4% showing confidence in Nick Clegg the Lib Dems’ position is even worse.

“UK leaders shouldn’t be surprised by these ratings when even Danny Alexander admits UK parties have let Scotland down and Douglas Alexander accepts the politics of fear are failing.

“As the SNP looks forward to party conference next week we are continuing to govern with the support of the people of Scotland and a mandate to take Scotland forward.”