SNP Boosts Support to 54 Percent of Scottish Vote in Latest Poll

Support for the Scottish National Party, which campaigns for independence from the rest of the U.K., has risen to more than half of all voters in Scotland little more than a week before the general election, the latest poll shows.

About 54 percent of Scottish voters said they’ll back the SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon on May 7, up from 52 percent in January, according to the Ipsos Mori poll for STV published on Twitter. That compares with about 20 percent who said they will vote for the Labour Party, down from 24 percent. STV said the result suggested the SNP could take all 59 parliamentary seats in Scotland next week.

Support for the SNP has soared since voters in Scotland rejected independence in a referendum in September. Whereas the party returned six lawmakers to Westminster in the 2010 U.K. general election, several polls suggest it could take more than 50 seats this time around, most of them at the expense of Labour, which has dominated politics in Scotland for half a century.

“The SNP is on a roll in Scotland,” Ipsos Mori Chief Executive Officer Ben Page said in a phone interview. In terms of seats, “Labour is going to be down into single figures and they’d be quite happy with that if this trend continues,” he said.

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