(c) Daily Record
This is from Tory Lord Ashcroft’s ‘All change? The new political landscape – and what Britain expects from Brexit’ in April 2017. It’s not in the main report of course. You have to dig in the bowels of the data tables to find out that the FM remains popular in Scotland (sources below).
You might know that I’m not looking at the mainstream media, for health reasons. You might be better off doing the same. So, I’ve no idea how they’re spinning the evidence to construct a Tory golden age in Scotland. Don’t tell me.
However, in the data tables on pages 90 and 92 you can find this, in answer to the question ‘On a scale from 0 to 100 how do you rate the performance of the following politicians’:
Average for Nicola Sturgeon: 52.91%
Average for Ruth Davidson: 40.52%
A 12% lead is big in politics. Ruth is more popular in all the English regions but, interestingly, it is nearly always by a smaller margin. Indeed, in London, she is only 2% ahead.
And, it’s not just Nicola. Trust in the Scottish Government remains much higher than in Westminster. See this:
‘Almost two thirds (65%) of people in 2016 said they trusted the Scottish Government ‘just about always’ or ‘most of the time’ to work in Scotland’s best interests. This figure had fallen from its record high figure of 73% in 2015. This compared with a quarter of people (25%) in 2016 saying that they trusted the UK Government ‘just about always’ or ‘most of the time’ to work in Scotland’s best interests. This figure had remained at a similar level to 2015, when 23% said they trusted the UK Government.’
Don’t worry too much about the fall. That a government should be so trusted after ten years is unheard of. That Westminster should be so distrusted must give us hope for Indyref2.
Footnote: I haven’t recovered. Taking Scottish politics too seriously makes me anxious. Doing nothing about it makes me depressed. Sheeesh!