Leading polling company corrects SNP over poll claims
The leading polling company Survation have been forced to correct the SNP over their false claims that a poll showed a lead for independence.
The SNP's Holyrood Head of Communications and Research published several tweets on the issue including a quote from Keith Brown, the SNP Depute Leader.
Majority of Scottish voters back opportunity & hope with independence over Brexit despair & chaos in new @Survation poll.— Fergus Mutch (@Fergoodness) November 5, 2018
Poll also shows Scottish support for Remain higher than in 2016 & @theSNP 13-points clear of Tories on Westminster voting intentions
In addition, SNP strategist Ross Colquhoun followed up Mutch’s tweets with further social media about the poll. This led to Survation taking the unprecedented step of correcting the SNP.
Sorry to disappoint .@rosscolquhoun, but there isn't a headline Scotland voting intention in tonight's tables (Scotland was not weighted separately, so calculating the Westminster crossbreak for Scotland does not get you there. There is also no Scottish Indy Ref voting intention.— Survation. (@Survation) November 5, 2018
A senior Labour source said, "The SNP polling fiasco shows a considerable degree of desperation has crept into their position.
“It is a rare event in politics when a polling company has to correct a political party on its erroneous presentation of that company’s research.
“The SNP have some questions to answer.
“Why did they mislead the media last night and who signed off this communications plan?
“This was not some junior staffer’s error - some of their most senior members of staff promoted this story online last night.
“Independence at all costs is so important to the SNP that they are prepared to mislead the media and indeed their own base in order to show, regardless of the evidence, that they have momentum. But you can’t simply invent momentum, however hard you strain the facts to breaking point.”
Scottish Labour and the SNP have been approached for comment.