SNP At 45% In General Election Poll

A new poll has suggested support for the SNP standing at 45% ahead of next year's general election.

The Panelbase poll, which asked 1,000 people their Westminster voting intentions, found 28% would back Labour.

Excluding those who did not know how they would vote, the Conservatives secured the support of 15% while 7% said they would vote Ukip. Some 3% intended to vote for the Lib Dems followed by the Greens on 1%, according to the poll commissioned for pro-independence politics blog Wings Over Scotland.

It comes after an Ipsos Mori poll suggested support for the SNP at Holyrood has reached a record high. An earlier survey by the same pollsters also found 52% of Scots would vote for the SNP if there was a Westminster election tomorrow and 23% for Labour, suggesting the SNP could secure 54 seats, with Labour reduced from 40 to just four MPs in Scotland.

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said: "While these are very encouraging results showing the SNP in a strong position ahead of next year's general election, we are absolutely clear that there is no room for complacency, and there is a lot of hard work to be done over the coming weeks and months.

"Yet another poll showing disastrous figures for Labour will only add to their sense of crisis - it's clear that voters across Scotland haven't forgotten or forgiven the party's decision to work shoulder to shoulder with the Tories in the No campaign, and are also passing judgment on Scottish Labour's status as just a 'branch office' of Westminster Labour, to quote Johann Lamont.''

The latest poll also asked: "Knowing what you know now, if the independence referendum was tomorrow how would you vote?''

Excluding those who were undecided, the result was 51% Yes and 49% No.

A spokesman for Scottish Labour said: "Wings Over Scotland is the same organisation that got their predictions badly wrong in the recent referendum. These numbers should be treated with extreme caution as the only poll that really counts is the one to be held on May 7 next year.''

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