The latest Survation Scottish Poll from 30 March gives us a baseline for how the parties are doing in the Holyrood campaign.
- the SNP ahead in both constituency and list votes, on 49% and 37% respectively.
- the Tories sit on 21% and 18% neck and neck with Labour 20% and 19%.
- the Greens on 11% in the list which puts them ahead of the Liberal Democrats who are on 9% and 8%.
- the Alba Party is reported as 3% which is well short of the 5% that is needed to have a chance of winning List seats.
However it’s early days and polling figures could change very quickly.
Survation also report on the respective popularity of party leaders:
The polling for Alex Salmond isn’t lookng very helpful for the Alba Party. His ratings are worse than Boris Johnson.
Effects of Holyrood Inquiries
The Survation poll included a question asking if Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond had gone up / down in people’s estimation after recent appearances during the Holyrood Committee Inquiry and the independent Ministerial Conduct Inquiry. Again, not good news for Mr Salmond.
A Help or a Hindrance?
And finally, when asked if Alex Salmond helps or hinders the cause of Scottish Independence, he is seen as hindering it. Altogether an extraordinary – and sobering – result for the former FM who brought us an SNP majority administration and then negotiated the Edinburgh Agreement for the 2014 referendum.