Poll: Support for Scottish Labour falls among older voters

19 per cent of people over 60 intend to back Kezia Dugdale's party. Picture: Ian Georgeson

19 per cent of people over 60 intend to back Kezia Dugdale's party. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Fewer than one in five older voters intend to support Scottish Labour in May’s election, according to a new poll.

The Survation poll of 1,000 people aged over 60 found that 19 per cent intend to back the party in the constituency vote, with 18 per cent supporting it in the regional list vote.

Meanwhile, 43 per cent of those polled said they would vote SNP in the constituency vote, with 28 per cent backing Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives. A further 6 per cent back the Liberal Democrats, while the remainder opted for other parties.

The SNP is backed by 38 per cent in the regional vote, the Tories by 27 per cent, the Lib Dems 7 per cent, Greens 5 per cent, Ukip 4 per cent, and the remainder other parties.

Those polled were also asked if they thought Labour would ever return to power at Holyrood. Almost half – 45 per cent – said no, 25 per cent said yes, and 30 per cent were not sure.

Of those who said yes, only 8 per cent said it will happen at this year’s election.

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