Tonight’s poll data from Survation is really quite remarkable.
Because what it suggests is that just about ALL of the SNP’s voters want this May’s election to be a straightforward plebiscite of the type called for by this site last October.
We don’t have the full data tables as yet, but it seems a very safe bet that most of the 55% who answered yes to a very wordy but still clear question are the same people as the 51% in the same poll who said they’d vote Yes in a new referendum, and the 48% who said they’d be voting SNP in the election.
The UK Government has stated that it will seek to prevent a Scottish independence referendum taking place for several decades, regardless of whether Scottish voters elect a Scottish Government committed to holding a referendum.
In view of this stance, do you think pro-independence parties, such as the SNP and the Scottish Greens, should or should not include an outright independence pledge in their manifestos for this year’s scheduled Scottish Parliament election, to give people the opportunity to vote for or against independence?
Should not: 36%
Excluding don’t-know responses:
Should not: 45%
So despite Wishart’s insistence that only a tiny handful of “demagogue bloggers” want to go straight to Plan B now, it seems he’s wildly out of step with almost all of his own voters, who can clearly see as well as everyone else with an IQ even slightly bigger than their shoe size can that Plan A is absolutely dead in the water.
The current SNP administration, blind drunk on hubris from 14 years of power and stratospheric poll ratings (brought about by their total monopoly of the Yes vote and the stupendous uselessness of the opposition), has lost touch with its own members and supporters in all sorts of ways in recent years, from wildly unpopular policies like GRA reform and the hate crime bill to an incredibly entitled and dismissive attitude towards any sort of scrutiny or transparency, and its abysmal treatment of its former leader.
It’s now about to go into a crucial election advocating a policy that none of its voters believe in, which the party membership hasn’t been allowed to debate at conference, and will kick the independence can down the road for at least another five years.
It’s not a healthy state of affairs, readers. Something’s got to give.