The SNP would lose power if a Scottish election was held tomorrow, according to a new YouGov poll.Usual caveats apply, but it’s interesting that post-conference:
The survey suggests Labour would be the largest party by four to six seats, even though the SNP would win the most votes. The findings are a blow to Alex Salmond, who has only 18 months until the next Holyrood vote.
And according to Weber Shandwick’s website Scotlandvotes.com, the voting intention figures would give Labour 45 Holyrood seats to the SNP’s 41.
The Conservatives would get 20 seats (up three), the Liberal Democrats 18 (up two) and the Greens five (up three).
The poll found support for the SNP has slipped in recent weeks, putting them level with Labour on 29% for voting intention in the regional vote.
Maybe there is a limit after all to the public’s tolerance of the type of populist grandstanding (e.g "hanging Westminster with a Scottish rope") seen recently from Salmond and Co?