Time appears to be running out for SLAB and Jim Murphy to avoid a shellacking in May.
TNS’ second poll this year, brings them into line with all the others bar Panelbase who have substantial leads for the SNP.
For those expecting differential turnout in Scotland to have an effect in May, “A majority of voters (61%) say they are certain to vote in the election, including 74% of both those intending to vote Labour and those backing the SNP.”
Health and education top General Election issues in Scotland
Which are two issues already devolved to Scotland.
“68% said healthcare/the NHS was “very important” in their voting decision, while 50% cited education/schools. Both SNP and Labour voters regarded health as being very important issues, mentioned by 72% and 75% respectively. However, SNP voters were more likely to cite education as an important issue than Labour voters – 57% compared to 46%.
Other major issues for voters are employment/jobs (47%), pensions (43%), taxes (38%), housing (35%), economic management (32%) and energy costs (32%). Immigration and benefits, which are often cited as key issues in UK-wide polls, appear to be less significant in Scotland, both mentioned by 28%.”
The fieldwork saw 1,001 adults aged 18+ interviewed from the 30thJanuary to 22nd February 2015.
UPDATE – Survation poll naming candidates has Farage winning South Thanet