"The poll of 1,200 Scots voters, conducted at the height of Blair’s difficulties midweek, showed the SNP on 29% for the first-past- the-post vote and the same for the second, proportional representation vote. Labour support was 30% and 27% respectively.But I can only laugh at the following statement:
On this showing, the Nationalists would win 38 of Holyrood’s 129 seats, enough to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, Labour’s governing partners, and the Greens. Labour would remain the biggest party with 42 seats, down from its current 50.
The Lib Dems have said they are open to negotiation on an independence referendum.
There is no sign of a David Cameron bounce for the Scottish Tories, languishing at 14% on both votes, while Tommy Sheridan, the former Scottish Socialist party leader, saw his new party, Solidarity, registering 1% and 2% respectively."
"The poll also reveals Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, has a higher personal rating than Jack McConnell, the first minister. Voters believe Salmond is more trustworthy, honest, competent and likeable and less conceited than the Labour leader."Less conceited? Mr Salmond has a number of strengths, but I rather doubt that even the SNP would agree that a lack of conceit is one of them.