It is now widely accepted that nothing has damaged the Labour party in Scotland more than their role in the independence referendum campaign.
A new poll of Labour-held Scottish seats suggests that support for independence is now the overwhelming reason why former supporters now back the SNP.
According to Comres, 56% of SNP voters in Labour-held seats say their desire for independence is one of two main reasons they are now backing the nationalists, with 35% saying that “Labour no longer represents people like me” and 30% saying “the other parties have broken promises on devolution.”
Tellingly, almost a third (29%) say “the way Labour campaigned with the Conservatives during the referendum” has caused them to vote for the SNP. By contrast just four per cent say they are voting based on the quality of their local candidate.
However, while the independence campaign has clearly caused a collapse in Labour’s support north of the border, the rot actually took much longer to set in.
Long beforeRead More »from Labour are still acting like they own Scottish voters