POLL TURNING POINT FOR SNP AFTER SUSTAINED ATTACKS

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Commenting on a Yougov Poll for the Scotland on Sunday and an analysis of their polling conducted over the last week SNP MP Angus Robertson said the party had withstood the sustained attacks of recent weeks and had reached a turning point as we look towards the General Election.

Analysis of You Gov polling samples throughout last week shows SNP support increasing by 6% over the week as Labour fell by 4%.

SNP Westminster leader and Moray MP Angus Robertson said:

“The SNP have stood up to sustained attack of an unprecedented nature, and detailed poll analysis demonstrates that there was a major turning point over the course of last week – with SNP support up 6 points by the end of the week compared to last Sunday.

“Labour’s orchestrated complaints to the Standards Commissioner were completely dismissed, and Nicola Sturgeon saw off opposition attacks over her constituency issue with a hugely impressive performance in the chamber. We have succeeded in stopping the negative issues, regained the initiative with the publication of the draft Referendum Bill, and are now on the front foot as we approach the General Election campaign.

“It is a sign of the resilience of SNP support that this poll shows a swing from Labour to the SNP since the last General Election – with SNP support up three points and Labour down two – and we plan to improve our position further in the coming weeks. Almost three years into government, we remain in a strong position despite the difficulties.

“We have a compelling message for the General Election to champion Scotland’s interests at Westminster – which this poll shows is endorsed by most people in Scotland. Just as we are on the front foot on the constitution, the SNP’s winning message is that Scotland needs real economic powers to succeed – and needs SNP MPs to be champions for their constituency and country at Westminster.”

The Scottish National Party published an analysis of the Scottish samples of YouGov voting intentions for the General Election over the course of the last week, which shows a strong recovery in the SNP vote of 6 points:

CHANGES IN VOTING INTENTIONS OVER THE WEEK

SNP: increased by 6 points from 18% to 24%
Labour: decreased by 4 points from 45% to 41%
Tory: decreased by 6 points from 22% to 16%
Lib Dem: increased by 4 points from 11% to 15%

Poll in Sunday Times, 22 February, sampled 18/19 February, Scottish sample
139
SNP: 18%
Lab: 45%
Con: 22%
Lib Dem: 11%

Poll in Sun, 23 February, sampled 21/22 February, Scottish sample 149
SNP: 20%
Lab: 39%
Con: 17%
Lib Dem: 18%

Poll in Sun, 24 February, sampled 22/23 February, Scottish sample 132
SNP: 22%
Lab: 44%
Con: 17%
Lib Dem: 12%

Poll in Sun, 25 February, sampled 23/24 February, Scottish sample 118
SNP: 20%
Lab: 43%
Con: 19%
Lib Dem: 15%

Poll in Sun, 26 February, sampled 24/25 February, Scottish sample 195
SNP: 24%
Lab: 41%
Con: 16%
Lib Dem: 15%


Liz Lloyd
SNP Press
Tel: 07841 383 206
E: liz.lloyd@snp.org

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