Should Scotland Have a EU Referendum Veto?

Last Tuesday the Scottish Parliament held a debate on ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’. Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Europe and International Development, reiterated a call made months earlier by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that any UK exit of the EU (increasingly referred to as ‘Brexit’) should be subject to vetoes by each of […]

ICM Show How Labour Is Failing To Reach Its Target Voters

Another poll, another set of numbers to strike fear into the heart of the Labour party. Today’s come from an ICM (online) poll for The Guardian, which is a follow-up to an initial poll the newspaper commissioned from ICM last December, shortly after Jim Murphy was elected as Labour’s Scottish leader. The poll puts the […]

Poll of Polls: Westminster Vote Intentions: 19 March

The graph below shows the latest What Scotland Thinks/ScotCen Poll of Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for the 2015 UK general election and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by Survation, one poll by ICM, and one by YouGov.  Between them the four polls […]

Labour – and the Liberal Democrats – still trail in the SNP’s wake.

This month’s Survation poll for the Daily Record was released earlier today. It fails to provide any relief for Labour. The SNP are estimated to be on 47% of the vote, 21 points ahead of Labour on 26%. That actually represents a two point swing from Labour to the SNP since Survation’s poll last month, […]

Poll of Polls: Westminster Vote Intentions: 17 March

The graph below shows the latest What Scotland Thinks/ScotCen Poll of Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for the 2015 UK general election and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by Survation, one by YouGov, and  one by TNS BMRB.  Between them the four polls […]

Are Voters Up for Yet More Debate about Constitutional Change?

It has become a common assertion that, while people might have been very involved in the debate about the independence referendum, they probably do not want to continue talking further about questions of devolution and UK governance. In particular people outside Scotland surely must be fed up with the continued preoccupation with such questions? However, […]

YouGov Show The Votes Labour’s Lost

Rather remarkably the SNP have in recent days become one of the central talking points of the UK-wide general election campaign, thanks to Conservative attempts to push Labour into ruling out any kind of post-election deal with the SNP.  Doubtless the SNP themselves are lapping up the implicit acknowledgement from their opponents that they seem […]

Poll of Polls: Westminster Vote Intentions: 12 March

The graph below shows the latest What Scotland Thinks/ScotCen Poll of Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for the 2015 UK general election and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by YouGov, one poll by TNS BMRB, and one by Survation.  Between them the four […]

Ashcroft Shows SNP Advancing in No Voting Areas Too

Last month Lord Ashcroft published polls of voting intentions in 16 individual constituencies in Scotland that showed the SNP ahead in all but one, Glasgow NE, the seat with the largest Labour lead over the SNP anywhere in Scotland.  The findings seemed to confirm extrapolations made from Scotland-wide polls that suggested the SNP were on […]

Labour Still Trail As Its Devolution Proposals Cut Little Ice

February has (almost) come and gone and there is still no sign of Labour making any significant inroad into the SNP’s lead in voting intentions for May’s Westminster election – which is now little more than two months away.  In their latest monthly poll published today, TNS BMRB actually put the SNP up 5 points […]

Poll of Polls: Westminster Vote Intentions: 22 February

The graph below shows the latest What Scotland Thinks/ScotCen Poll of Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for the 2015 UK general election and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by TNS BMRB, one by Survation and one by YouGov.  Between them the four polls […]

So What Should We Do About Sectarianism?

It has been described as “Scotland’s Shame”. And indeed according to a new report published today by the Scottish Government and based on findings from the 2014 Scottish Social Attitudes survey, much of the Scottish public appears to agree that it is a problem. But what should be done about it is, perhaps, a rather […]

Oh So Slow Progress By Labour?

The latest monthly poll by Survation for the Daily Record is published today. So far as Westminster vote intentions are concerned, it still leaves Labour, on 28%, trailing the SNP, on 45%, by as much as 17 points – enough to see Labour lose three-quarters of the seats that it currently holds north of the […]

Poll of Polls: Westminster Vote Intentions: 17 February

The graph below shows the latest What Scotland Thinks/ScotCen Poll of Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for the 2015 UK general election and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on one poll by Survation, one by Ipsos MORI, one by TNS BMRB, and one by YouGov.  Between […]

TNS BMRB Shows Lower SNP Lead

There is slightly better news for Labour in a poll of voting intentions published by TNS BMRB this morning. It puts the party on 31% (amongst those certain to vote), just ten points behind the SNP on 41%. In contrast the three previous Scotland wide polls to be published put the SNP lead at between […]