Support for Scottish Labour 'increases as SNP's dominance wanes'

Scotland Debates: Poll result boost for Labour
Poll: 'This is an encouraging poll for Johann Lamont and Labour.'© STV

Voters believe Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is performing well in her position, according to a new poll.

While the SNP remains the dominant party north of the Border, with a 45% share of the vote, Ipsos MORI’s latest Scottish Public Opinion Monitor shows that the nationalists have dropped four points in tandem with First Minister Alex Salmond's support for independence.

The survey, which found the Labour Party had 32% of support among those certain to vote - up nine points since January, will come as a welcome boost for Ms Lamont.

Senior Research Executive at Ipsos MORI Scotland Christopher McLean said: “This is an encouraging poll for Johann Lamont and Labour. Following the increase in her personal ratings, it also suggests that she has had some success in reversing the considerable decline in support for Labour over the last 18 months.

“However, it is clear that the SNP remain the dominant party at Holyrood. Support for the Nationalists has receded from their post-election bounce, but remains at a similar level to that which delivered a majority in last year’s election.”

The Scottish Conservatives remain in third place on 12%, down a point since January. The Liberal Democrats recorded 6%, down four points since January.

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