Scots give thumbs down to Clegg leadership

Nick Clegg was the least popular leader amongst Scottish voters (Picture by World Economic Forum)

NICK Clegg is the political leader most hated by Scottish voters, a survey has revealed.

The head of the Lib Dem  party pipped Labour colleague Ed Miliband to the post in a poll of Scottish voters.

77% of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the performance of Clegg, compared to 76% for Milliband.

The Prime Minister fared little better with 67% saying they were unhappy with his leadership.

David Cameron’s unpopularity is five times as great in Scotland as it is across Great Britain(-37 to -7).

In contrast a poll in December showed 62% of people inScotlandare satisfied with the leadership of First Minister Alex Salmond.


Figures from the Sunday Times YouGov poll also show that the extent of the UK Coalition government’s unpopularity is also greatest in Scotland with 63% saying it is bad for people like them compared to only 13% saying it is good.

This compares to 53% saying bad and 21% good for Great Britain as a whole.

Commenting SNP MSP Bill Kidd said: “Scottish voters are clear that David Cameron, or any other of the leaders of the anti-independence parties, do not represent their needs.

“The UK Government’s refusal to change its economic strategy, and Labour’s recent acquiescence, to invest in the capital projects that would help to create jobs and support recovery are just part of their problem.

“Panic induced comments from anti-independence party leaders to lecture Scots on an outdated union do not match the aspirations of the people of Scotland.

“Their recent remarks are the same old and tired Tory scaremongering and they may want to rethink their language before they alienate more voters in Scotland. Whilst they cling to an outdated union and fails to offer the full financial powers the Scottish people want the SNP will continue to lead the ambitions of the people across the country forScotlandto have the same status and powers as any other nation.

“As the election resoundingly demonstrated, the ambitions of the Scottish people go far beyond the inadequate Scotland Bill proposed by the anti-independence parties. And the SNP will ensure that people can vote to achieve a vibrant, successful, independent Scotland in the referendum in the second half of this Parliament – exactly as we said in the election.”