SNP increases lead in Holyrood voting intention

The SNP has a 34-point lead over Scottish Labour in voting intentions. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The SNP has a 34-point lead over Scottish Labour in voting intentions. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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A NEW poll has shown an increase in the SNP’s lead over Scottish Labour in voting intentions for the Scottish Parliament.

The Ipsos MORI poll, conducted for STV News, showed that 57 per cent of those ‘certain’ to vote would back the SNP, while 23 per cent would cast their constituency vote for Scottish Labour, giving the Nationalists a 34-point lead over Labour.

Eight per cent said they would vote for the Scottish Conservatives while six per cent indicated support for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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In terms of the list vote, 50 per cent of those certain to vote indicated backing for the SNP while 23 per cent would back Scottish Labour.

The Scottish Greens currently lie third in list voting intentions with 10 per cent, with the Scottish Tories and the Scottish Lib Dems on eight per cent and six per cent respectively.

The results generally mirror voting intentions for the 2015 General Election.

Mark Diffley, Director at Ipsos MORI Scotland, said: “These findings chime with voting intentions for the Westminster parliament and confirm the strong position that the SNP is currently in.

“The figures represent both a high point for the SNP and a low point for Scottish Labour in terms of polls we have undertaken.”

He added: “It also underlines the tough challenge faced by Labour’s new Scottish leader in the months ahead in winning back some of the lost ground.”

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