Poll: SNP poised for historic third Holyrood term

THE SNP is still winning support from Labour and Nicola Sturgeon is poised for another landslide victory in next year’s Holyrood election, a new poll has found.

SNP set for another landslide victory at the polls. Picture: Jon Savage

The Nationalists are poised to take an astonishing 60 per cent vote share in the May election, with Labour flatlining on 20 per cent and the Tories on 15 per cent, according the TNS survey.

And Scots see the future of the NHS and jobs as the key issues for next year’s campaign.

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The SNP would be the first party to have three spells in office if it wins next year.

Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said the SNP is enjoying a “commanding lead” over other parties.

“Our survey also suggests that the SNP vote may be holding together more strongly than the Labour vote,” he added.

“However, given that Labour is still in the process of choosing new UK and Scottish leaders, the picture may change later in the year when the leaders of all the parties set out their stalls at their autumn conferences.”

The SNP lead among younger voters continues to be especially strong – 73 per cent of those aged 16-34 who express a party preference say they intend to vote SNP, against 12 per cent backing Labour.