POLL – SNP MAINTAIN ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ SUPPORT AFTER EIGHT YEARS IN GOVERNMENT

The SNP is today welcoming another excellent poll showing that support for the party remains at an extraordinary level after eight years in government.

Today’s poll for TNS-BMRB shows that SNP support on the constituency vote remains at 60 per cent – a full 40 points ahead of Labour. The SNP also has a majority of support on the regional list vote – which stands at 51 per cent compared to only 21 per cent for Labour.

Since coming to office in 2007, the SNP has frozen council tax, protected free Higher Education, scrapped prescription charges, boosted numbers of Modern Apprentices by almost 60 per cent, protected Free Personal Care, maintained the concessionary travel scheme, increased Scotland’s health budget to over £12 billion for the first time, and invested in childcare to increase entitlement to 16 hours per week for all 3, 4 and looked after 2 year olds.

The SNP has also introduced a Living Wage – which at £7.85 per hour is higher than the National Living Wage proposed by George Osborne – for public sector workers covered by Scottish Government pay policy.

In the face of unprecedented cuts to Scotland’s budget from the Westminster Government, the SNP has also invested to mitigate against Tory welfare cuts – including the Bedroom Tax. And despite a cut of 25 per cent Westminster cut to Scotland’s capital budget, the Scottish Government is also on track to meet its ambitious target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by the end of this Parliament.

If re-elected in 2016, the SNP will build on this strong record to deliver further improvement.

Commenting, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP said:

“This is another very encouraging poll for the SNP showing extraordinary levels of support for the party after more than eight years in government – and is a vote of confidence in the strong start that the new SNP MPs have made in standing up for Scotland’s interests at Westminster.

“But we take absolutely nothing for granted, and will work hard every day between now and next year’s Holyrood election to retain the trust of people right across Scotland as we look to build on our record of delivery and success over the last eight years.

“Since coming to office in 2007, we have frozen council tax, protected free Higher Education, scrapped introduced prescription charges, boosted apprenticeship numbers by almost 60 per cent, protected Free Personal Care, maintained the concessionary travel scheme, increased Scotland’s health budget to record levels, and protected those hardest hit by unfair Tory welfare cuts. All this has been in the face of massive Westminster cuts to our budget.

“There is still more to do and if re-elected in 2016, the SNP will build on our strong record and deliver further improvements. As First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already outlined, by 2020 we will deliver 30 hours of free childcare – almost doubling the current provision of 16 hours – and continue to protect our NHS.

“We will also continue to use the powers we have to strengthen and grow the Scottish economy – and push the case at Westminster for the further powers we need to create more and better jobs and to tackle poverty and inequality.”

 

The full details of the poll can be found here: http://www.tns-bmrb.co.uk/news/snp-continues-to-dominate-in-scottish-election-polling

Constituency vote:
SNP 60%
Labour 20%
Tory 14%
Lib Dem 5%

Regional list vote:
SNP 51%
Labour 21%
Tory 13%
Lib Dem 5%
Green 7%

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