Poll puts SNP in lead for Holyrood

Michael Matheson

The SNP welcomed the latest IPSOS Mori opinion poll for Scotland’s election published in The Times which shows the SNP has overtaken Labour in polling for the Scottish Parliament election.

The poll of 1000 people between the 10th and 13th of February shows the SNP closing the 10 point gap recorded in November by the same polling company with a lead of 37% to Labour’s 36%.  On the Regional vote the SNP is leading by 35% to 33%.  In both the constituency and regional vote the SNP is four points up on the party’s election winning performance in 2007.

Commenting on the poll described on the Times front page as “Salmond surges into Holyrood poll lead”, Falkirk West SNP MSP, Michael Matheson said:

“Today’s poll shows there is all to play for in Scotland’s election this May. With the SNP moving ahead of Labour and achieving a poll rating four points higher than the election results of 2007.

“As voters look toward Scotland’s election in May it is the SNP’s strong record in office, our team of recognised and trusted ministers and MSPs, and the vision we have for our country’s future that is winning the support of voters who want to re-elect a Scottish Government that is working for
Scotland.

“In the last week the SNP has delivered on jobs with 25,000 apprenticeships, protected public services with a balanced budget, funded the fourth year of a council tax freeze saving the average household £322 , and put in place the money to abolish prescription charges from April this year.

“And it is the SNP that is on the same side as people across Falkirk West in opposing rising fuel prices with our demand for a fuel stabiliser and the scrapping of the Tories duty rise.

“Over the next 80 days as we head toward’s Scotland’s election, the SNP will continue to put jobs and the protection of public services first in the fight against the London Tory cuts.”

The Mori/times poll of 1000 people between 10th and 13th February is as follows

Constituency Vote

SNP 37%
Labour 36%
Tory 13%
LD 10%

Regional Vote
SNP 35%
Labour 33%
Tory 13%
LD 10%
Grn 6%

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