Polling analysis indicates SNP lead continues

An analysis of this week’s daily YouGov polling has indicated that the SNP continues to enjoy a strong 17 point lead over Labour.

An average of the Scottish subsamples in the last five YouGov polls puts support for the SNP at 44 per cent, up 24 per cent on the 2010 result, compared to Labour’s average support of 27 per cent, down 15 per cent on 2010.

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