Nicola Sturgeon’s dream shattered as new poll says she’d lose both indyref and ‘de facto’ vote
By Democrat reporter
The Scottish Daily Express is reporting that Nicola Sturgeon’s dream of breaking up the UK has been dealt a hammer blow after a new poll suggested a majority of Scots still back the union.
The survey also found the SNP are lagging behind their majority target for the next UK vote, which Ms Sturgeon is determined to turn into a ‘de facto’ referendum.
Once don’t knows are removed, 54 per cent of Scots would vote ‘No’ in a referendum with the question: “If there was a referendum tomorrow with the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’, how would you vote?”
And the poll of 1002 Scottish adults, carried out by Survation for the True North advisory firm, has put the SNP vote share at just 43 per cent for the next Westminster election with experts labelling a spike in independence support after the Supreme Court ruling as “temporary”
By her own assertion, the First Minister’s ‘de-facto’ referendum plan needs at least 50 per cent but if it took place today it would fail.
Labour have come in at 29 per cent and the Tories 18 per cent. The Liberal Democrats have polled at seven per cent and other parties two per cent.
Polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice said: “Following on from polling conducted shortly before Christmas that pointed in the same direction, today’s poll suggests that the spike in support for independence registered after the Supreme Court judgement on indyref2 has proven to be temporary.
“At 46 per cent, support for Yes in today’s poll is little different from the 47 per cent figure Survation obtained when they previously addressed the issue last August.
“Meanwhile, the poll suggests that, at 43 per cent, support for the SNP would be well below the 50 per cent mark that Nicola Sturgeon would like to surpass at the next general election – though it also suggests that, at present, fewer than half would vote for pro-independence parties in a Holyrood ballot too.”
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “This is yet another poll which shows the people of Scotland value being part of the UK and want it to stay that way.
“It doesn’t matter how much grievance the SNP tries to stir up, voters simply aren’t having it.
Favorability ratings put Nicola Sturgeon and Tory leader Doulas Ross at around the same level of unpopularity (40 per cent to 42 per cent respectively).
Co-Green leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, pictured above, rank the lowest with favourable responses at only 16 and 15 per cent.
Asked if they thought energy companies operating in the North Sea have a positive impact on the Scottish economy, a majority of 55 per cent they agreed and 76 per cent said they thought oil and gas should be sourced domestically.
Broader questions on satisfaction with the running of the NHS revealed that only 29 per cent were satisfied while 46 per cent said they were unsatisfied and 23 per cent said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.
Picture: Nicola Sturgeon with local MPs Brendan O’Hara, Martin Docherty-Hughes and former SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. Picture by Bernie Heaney