The result showed 56% of Conservative, 15% of Labour and 31% of Lib-dems who voted in the 2019 general election would support tactical voting according to a YouGov survey commissioned by the pro-UK group Scotland Matters.The YouGov poll was conducted on 12 December 2020 and asked: “To what extent would you support or oppose the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties forming an electoral pact for the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections where they do not stand candidates against each other in the constituency vote?”. To download and see the actual poll click here.
Allan Sutherland, a spokesman for Scotland Matters, said:
We welcome the Conservatives‘ recent support of tactical voting and urge all pro-UK parties to work together to avoid splitting the vote and stop the SNP/Greens winning a pro-independence majority in the Holyrood elections in May.
George Galloway and the All for Unity party is leading the way in calls for a united front against the nationalists. If done properly all the parties would gain more seats.
The YouGov polling equates to 540,000 voters, more than enough to swing an election. Interestingly seven per cent of 2014 yes voters support it too, suggesting a 100k drop in Yes support and all the parties would gain more seats.
The above is a summary of a Daily Telegraph article that was published on Friday the 5th of February 2021. To see a selection of reader comments on the article click here.