Nicola Sturgeon suffers devastating polling blow as SNP support collapses

The new survey puts Nicola Sturgeon’s party only two points ahead of Labour on 25 percent. It represents a massive drop in support for the governing party when compared to the last general election.

In 2019, the SNP won 45 percent of the vote in Scotland and 48 out of the 59 seats.

The latest poll by Redfield & Winton Strategies will come as a huge blow to Ms Sturgeon, who has threatened to use the next Westminster election as a proxy vote on Scottish independence.

She has claimed that if her attempt to hold a vote on breaking away from the UK next year is blocked, she will use the election as a “de facto” referendum.

The SNP leader suggested she would have a mandate for independence if support for pro-independence parties topped 50 percent at the ballot box.

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Yesterday, Ms Sturgeon suggested the people of Scotland lacked confidence to vote for independence.

She said: “For me independence is about everybody who lives here in Scotland.

“It doesn’t matter where they come from.

“If you live here in Scotland, you have a stake in making this the best country it can be, and people who live here deciding the kind of country we want to be and the future we want.

“We have to have the confidence, and our task is to persuade people that we can do better by taking our future into their own hands.”

However, in a further blow for the SNP, the new poll found that just one in five Scottish voters see independence as one of their top three priorities.

The economy, the NHS, welfare, the environment and Brexit were all deemed to be more important.

The Redfield & Winton Strategies Research Team said: “After weeks of intense media focus on rising energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis, the economy (65 percent) continues to be the most cited important issue respondents say would determine how they would vote, ahead of healthcare (54 percent).

“Respondents also select immigration (25 percent), education (24 percent), and the environment (20 percent).”