…..touching my funny bone. He is irrepressible.
To support his thesis that the opinion pollsters don’t know what they’re talking about, the Scottish Lib Dem leader tells us:
We’re finding that we’re getting people moving over from the SNP for the first time for years.
I wonder is there any evidence for that?
Well, the BMG/Herald poll on the 9th March revealed that of the 402 who indicated that they would vote SNP in May 2021, 2 had voted Lib Dem in 2019 and of the 65 who would vote Lib Dem in 2021, 2 had voted SNP in 2019. Not much of a flow there Willie.
What about the Survation/DC Thomson poll on 30th March?
Of the 404 who indicated that they would vote SNP in May 2021, 5 had voted Lib Dem in 2019 and of the 67 who would vote Lib Dem in 2021, 8 had voted SNP in 2019. So, 3 in credit. 15 claimed to be switching from Labour to SNP while only 7 would switch to the Lib Dems. Even with the stubborn Tories, 4 suggested support now for the SNP compared to only 3 for the Lib Dems.
Perhaps even more damaging for Rennie’s thesis, the most recent poll for Holyrood voting intentions, by Panelbase for the Sunday Times, puts the Lib Dems in 6th place in the regional vote with only 5% and just ahead of George Galloway’s crew.