Labour’s disastrous poll ratings in Scotland would continue no matter who their leader is, new polling analysis has shown – confirming that the party will continue to pay the price for standing shoulder to shoulder with the Tories in the No campaign even if Ed Miliband is forced out.
New polling evidence has shown that support for the SNP remains consistent and shows a strong lead over Labour regardless of who their leader is – confirming the toxicity of the entire Westminster establishment amongst people in Scotland.
Analysis of the YouGov poll reported in the Sunday Times shows SNP support at 43 per cent – 19 points ahead of Labour – which remains consistent at between 43 and 44 per cent whether Labour is led by Ed Miliband, David Miliband, Alan Johnson, Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson said:
“While some figures in the Labour Party may have taken comfort in trying to pin all their woes on the flawed leadership of Ed Miliband, these figures make clear that Labour’s problem’s run far deeper than that.
“This poll confirms that Labour’s fundamental problem is that people in Scotland won’t soon forget or forgive their toxic alliance with the Tories in the No campaign.
“That Labour stood shoulder to shoulder with a right-wing government engaged in a relentless assault on the most vulnerable people in society will see them pay a heavy price at the ballot box – no matter which Westminster establishment figure is at the party’s helm.
“Labour in Scotland will also be hamstrung by their status as nothing more than a ‘branch office’ of London - run by a Westminster establishment that people in Scotland also view as toxic.
“While Labour is consumed with internal plots – both north and south of the border – the SNP is getting on with the job of representing the aspirations of people across the country as Scotland’s party of social democracy.
“That is why the SNP are in such a strong position as we approach next year’s General Election, but we take nothing for granted. And we stand in stark contrast to a mistrusted and discredited Labour party which is in disarray no matter who leads it.”