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SNP joy and Boris Johnson on alert as support for Sturgeon skyrockets in latest poll

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Nicola Sturgeon has been handed a huge boost in a poll which asked respondents about leaders in the UK. The poll asked: “Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of the following?”

The YouGov poll showed 66 percent of Scots favour First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after the SNP first came to power at Holyrood in 2007.

After the ‘don’t know’ answers were taken into account, Nicola Sturgeon had a net score of +36.

However, 73 percent of Scots said they opposed Boris Johnson and the former Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw – who had an approval rating of just 10 percent.

This was equivalent to net scores of -51 and -32 after the ‘don’t know’s’ were taken into account.

Mr Carlaw resigned as Scottish Tory leader last week and was replaced by Douglas Ross.

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard had an approval rating of just eight percent whilst 36 percent found him unfavourable with a net score of -28 after the ‘don’t know’s’ were taken into account.

Scots also expressed significant concerns with Dominic Cummings with 77 percent saying they didn’t favour him – after he travelled to Durham during lockdown and allegedly broke lockdown rules – with a net score of -69.

The affair caused a huge political backlash but Mr Cummings denies any wrongdoing.

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“Meanwhile, public confidence in the SNP Scottish Government and our First Minister is surging. Even the Tories themselves now concede that support for independence is the majority position.

“Voters see that Douglas Ross is nothing more than a puppet for Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings.

“The more that’s revealed about this grubby Westminster stitch-up, the further the Tory party will fall in the polls.” 

But the Scottish Conservative’s told Express.co.uk that the party’s new leader Douglas Ross was putting forward a “positive vision to rebuild and restore Scotland’s economy”.

A spokesman for the party stressed this commitment after Chancellor Rishi Sunak recent visit to Scotland “highlighted the huge financial support packages that have kept businesses and workers in Scotland afloat.”

The latest YouGov poll contacted 1,134 Scots between the 28th and 30th July.

Campaigning for Scottish independence is currently on hold due to COVID-19.



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