A new poll has shown SNP support at a record high – with support in the Scottish Parliament constituency vote reaching more than 50% for the first time.
The Survation poll, carried out for the Daily Record, shows support for the SNP standing at 48 per cent for Westminster – 24 points ahead of Labour. For the Scottish Parliament constituency vote, SNP support stands at 50.8 per cent – more than double Labour’s support of only 24.6 per cent.
It’s bad news indeed for Labour’s new leadership team –18 per cent of people are less likely to vote for Labour now that Jim Murphy is leader, compared to only 14 per cent who said they are more likely.
First Minister and SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon has said it’s a great early Christmas present, but that we shouldn’t take anything for granted. The hard work starts in the New Year to ensure we take a strong group of SNP MPs to Westminster.
I agree, the hard work is only just beginning. It’s essential that we have a strong, respected and honest voice at Westminster. We need to be the change we want to see in politics and we should use the strongest influence to bring an end to austerity economics at the same time as ridding Scotland of Trident, and securing the powers we need to create a fairer society and more prosperous economy.
The SNP’s lead in the polls has stretched since Jim Murphy became Labour leader; on these figures, even he would lose his seat.
And the fact that the poll also shows more people are actually less likely to vote Labour under his leadership than more likely is a strong indication that the people of Scotland don’t believe Labour has their best interests at heart.
It will be hard work, but it will be worth it, and I’m prepared to invest the time and energy necessary to win Paisley and Renfrewshire North for the SNP – will you work with me?