If this YouGov polling is correct stopping the SNP in Scotland could lead to tactical voting on a scale never seen before

April 10th, 2015

I find some of the above numbers quite startling and a huge reminder of the massive political divide that exists now in Scotland. That such large proportion of voters indicate that they could make such a tactical switch is totally unprecedented.

The critical thing here is how the local tactical situation is perceived and whether the party campaigns can get that message across. This is the question that the sample was asked for each of the unionist parties.

“Imagine that in your constituency at the general election only Labour and the Scottish National Party had a realistic chance of winning. How would you then vote?”

In a post on the C4 website Gary Gibbon suggests that such action could lead to LAB securing 13 seats rather than the 4 that the latest poll points to; the LDs would hold onto 3 rather than 1 and the Tories would retain their single Scottish seat.

Mike Smithson

For 11 years viewing politics from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble