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Scottish Parliament Poll: SNP Has Huge Lead Over Labour Ahead Of Next Year's Elections

12/11/2015 18:13 GMT | Updated 12/11/2015 18:59 GMT
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Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses delegates on the final day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, on October 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan,Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Scottish Nationalist Party has maintained a huge gap over the Labour Party north of the border despite Jeremy Corbyn's rise and his party appointing a new leader in Scotland, according to a fresh poll.

The TNS survey also suggested SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is liked by more Labour supporters than Labour's new Scottish leader, Kezia Dugdale.

Poll: SNP 58%, Labour 24%, Conservatives 12%, Lib Dems 4%

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Kezia Dugdale with Jeremy Corbyn

The poll coincided with the Scottish Labour Conference giving Ms Dugdale a media profile that should have raised her profile.

Polling constituency voters for next year's Scottish Parliament elections in November, the SNP is on 58%, up two percentage points on the previous month, with Labour gaining three points to stand at 24%.

The Conservatives are unchanged on 12% and the Liberal Democrats on 4%, down two percentage points.

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In the regional vote, the SNP were unchanged on 52%, Labour up two at 25%, the Tories unchanged on 11%, and the Liberal Democrats and the Greens on 5%.

TNS also asked people to rate five party leaders – Ms Sturgeon, Ms Dugdale, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – on a scale of 1-10, where 10 was “like a lot” and 1 was “do not like at all”.

The SNP leader is held in high regard by SNP supporters (82% like her) and is the most popular party leader among undecided voters (liked by 28%). She is also liked by more Labour supporters (32%) than Ms Dugdale (25%).

A sample of 1034 adults aged 16 plus was interviewed across Scotland over the period 16th October to 4th November 2015.