SNP boost as final YouGov poll shows late surge


    The clearest indication yet that the SNP are on course for an historic showing in tomorrow’s….

    The clearest indication yet that the SNP are on course for an historic showing in tomorrow’s Westminster election came as a YouGov poll for Politics Home showed the party consolidating its second place as it edged closer to Labour.

    1,141 people were surveyed over the last week and the results showed a strong surge for the Scottish National Party as their nearest rivals lost ground.  The poll gave the SNP 25% which is a 4 point rise on last week and up 7 on their 2005 showing.  Labour were on 37% with the Lib Dem’s down 3 points on 22% and the Tories trailing on 14%.

    If the findings were repeated at the polls it would make the SNP the only party to increase its support on the last election, putting the party on track for its largest share of the vote in a Westminster contest in 36 years.

    The final poll of the campaign, showing voting intention data from PoliticsHome and YouGov across the nations and regions of the UK, shows a strong surge in SNP support as all the other parties lose ground going into polling day.

    Welcoming the findings, SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said:
    “This is a hugely encouraging final day’s poll for the SNP as we go into the last full day of campaigning.

    “We are the only party with our ratings going up while all the London parties are seeing their support slump as people across Scotland turn against the cosy Westminster consensus they represent.

    “Labour are finished, the Tories are flat-lining in Scotland and the Lib Dems are going into reverse.

    “We will be campaigning hard across Scotland in the countdown to the polls opening as we look to turn this surge into votes and seats for SNP local and national champions.”

    The figures are particularly pleasing for the SNP given that YouGov tend to show Labour doing better when compared to figures from other pollsters.  It also should be noted that Labour’s actual showing in general elections has been slightly less than polling figures have predicted.