There’s a nice piece in today’s Scottish Sun about one of the findings of our newest Panelbase poll, on who was Scotland’s all-time best First Minister.
We thought you’d want a more detailed look at the data behind it.
The final result was a little closer than many might have expected, with SNP voters having to decide between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond.
Unsurprisingly, Yes voters were overwhelmingly likely to pick one of the two SNP leaders, with 77% plumping for either the current FM or her predecessor compared to just 23% of No voters.
(As ever in these polls, putting the words “Regardless of your personal political views” in the question was a complete waste of time.)
Slightly more interestingly, 53% of Remain voters also picked Sturgeon or Salmond – more than twice as many as went for Donald Dewar, and 21 points ahead of all the Labour FMs combined – while only 38% of Leave voters backed the SNP pair despite every other party in Scotland also supporting Remain.
Tory voters revealed a previously-unknown love for Donald Dewar, with a thumping 50% of them voting the Labour leader as their favourite FM – remarkably, a higher percentage than the 47% Nicola Sturgeon got from SNP voters.
Even Labour voters didn’t like Dewar as much as the Tories did – they trailed behind both Tories and the Lib Dems in support for the first ever Holyrood chief, with just 40% backing him compared to Tory voters’ 50% and Lib Dems’ 49%.
And it wasn’t that they’d split their votes much – among Labour voters, Alex Salmond (9%) was a more popular choice than Jack McConnell (8%), with poor Henry McLeish only picking up 3% from his own party faithful. 30% of Labour voters backed the two SNP leaders overall, with Nicola Sturgeon getting almost twice as much backing from Labour supporters (21%) as McConnell and McLeish put together.
(15% of SNP voters returned the favour by picking Donald Dewar.)
The most interesting stat, though, was that if just two more Labour voters had picked Dewar instead of Nicola Sturgeon or Alex Salmond, the Unionist solidarity from Tories and Lib Dems would have seen him pip her to the title by 302 votes to 301.
We can’t help wondering if Kezia Dugdale pressed the wrong button again.