SNP set for major losses at next general election as Humza Yousaf ‘not helping’

Humza Yousaf discusses his hopes for Scottish independence

The SNP is on course for major losses at the next general election, new polling shows.

The poll by Survation of 1,022 people in Scotland from August 15 to 18 for consultancy True North put the SNP on 37 percent and Labour just behind on 35 percent.

The Tories were on 17 percent, the Lib Dems on six percent and other parties on five percent.

A projection by polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice forecasts the two parties would both take 24 seats north of the border at the next general election, expected in 2024, if the result is replicated.

It would represent a drop of 20 seats for the crisis-hit SNP, which is facing a police investigation into its finances.

Meanwhile, it would be an increase of 23 for Labour in a boost to Sir Keir Starmer’s hopes of entering 10 Downing Street.

The Conservatives would retain their six constituencies and the Lib Dems would win five.

Sir John said: “The SNP has had little success so far in shaking Labour off its tail.

“As a result, the party faces a continuing risk of losing a significant number of Westminster seats in next year’s UK general election.

“The party’s efforts are seemingly not being helped by Humza Yousaf’s apparent difficulty in making a favourable impression on the Scottish public.”

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Humza Yousaf, who took over from Nicola Sturgeon in March, had a net approval rating of minus 22 in the poll.

The survey found backing for Scottish independence stood at 48 percent, with 52 percent against.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Dame Jackie Baillie said it is now “neck and neck” between her party and the SNP.

SNP deputy Westminster leader Mhairi Black said: “We are pleased that another poll continues to show the SNP as Scotland’s leading party, but we take nothing for granted and will continue to work hard to earn people’s trust.

“Once again, support for independence remains rock solid as the only way to get rid of Tory governments we don’t vote for in Scotland for good, and build a stronger economy and fairer society.”

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