Nationalists 52 per cent predicted list seat vote expected to return just a handful of SNP seats
NEW POLLING has shown that the SNP is set to dominate constituency seats in elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016, leaving Scotland's smaller parties focused on the proportional regional list seats.
If the findings of a new TNS poll, showing the SNP on 57 per cent in constituencies, were to be born-out in the voting booths for the Holyrood elections, the SNP could expect to take 69 of 73 constituecny seats. Scottish Labour's position on 21 per cent would see the formerly hegemonic party lose all 15 of its remaining constituency seats.
The SNP's huge vote in the constituencies mean that its 52 per cent vote in Scotland's eight regional lists will translate into just four of a possible 56 seats. Polling expert John Curtice, analysing recent figures, found that in five regions it was likely that the SNP would win no list seats at all.
The figures have led to Scotland's smaller parties adapting their strategies and messages to draw support for their list candidates.
"A great many SNP voters, frankly even some of their activists and campaigners, know that a regional vote for the SNP may not be worth very much." Patrick Harvie
Calling on SNP voters to give their second vote to the Greens, party co-convenor Patrick Harvie warned that regional votes for the SNP could be wasted.
Quoted in the Herald he said: "A great many SNP voters, frankly even some of their activists and campaigners, know that a regional vote for the SNP may not be worth very much. If you're in the region where the SNP look likely to take the lion's share or potentially even all constituencies, then your regional vote is going to be divided by a huge number before it's even counted."