Who said dithering? Oooh, I wonder could be that Jackson Carlaw, trusted by only 8% of Scots while the FM has 84% approval ratings?

You can smell BBC Scotland’s agenda. Choosing to headline the Tory leader’s theatrical outburst rather than any facts and, to the right, ‘racist thugs.’ Really, speech marks? They were chanting racist abuse at asylum seekers from other countries. What more evidence do you need?

Remember the BBC has a charter requiring it to inform us, so how widespread is this view that the FM is dithering?

Under pressure me? From Jackson? I think not. Image: PA

Is there evidence we could look at, BBC Scotland? No? OK, let’s see what we can find. How about this from May 20th?

Sample 13 000

Or this from Opinium on May 20th with the FM at 61% and miles ahead across the whole UK population?


As for the accusers, how trusted are they and how do their own supporters think of the FM?

For Opinium on 28th-29th May, with 169 adult Scots (18+), 64% overall and 67% of Labour voters, trust the information on coronavirus provided by Nicola Sturgeon. 39% of Conservative voters also trust her despite Jackson Carlaw’s repeated claims that she has lost the confidence of the public.


Readers may remember the YouGov poll in January in which only 8% trusted Carlaw, just ahead of Richard Leonard on 6%!


Finally, how trusted is BBC Scotland to report on this?

A Survation poll with data collected on 16-23 April, overall, suggested 51% of Brits trust the BBC ‘to provide you with information about covid-19.’ With trust for the Scottish Government at 70%, social media was alive with gleeful commentary on the gap but it’s far better than that, when you see the regional breakdown.

It’s better because we can reasonably link the responses to the dominant, big audience news broadcasts – Reporting Scotland and Good Morning Scotland – and because ‘Low Trust’ was at these levels:

  • London 14.8%
  • South 18.4%
  • Midlands 21.8%
  • North 21.5%
  • Wales 15.2%
  • N Ireland 11.5%
  • Scotland 38%

Only 8 out 143 Scots asked ‘completely trusted’ BBC.