Following on from my piece about the Linn by-election result, I'd just like to offer my own party (Alba) some free advice. Nicola Sturgeon is undoubtedly a Marmite figure and there are lots of people out there who genuinely loathe her - as I can attest from personal experience, because years ago I went on a coach tour of the Balkans and sat in front of a well-to-do Tory-supporting couple from Aberdeenshire who moaned about her for several days solid. So it may seem tempting to try to gain political support by tapping into that sentiment, and treating Ms Sturgeon as either a monster or as a byword for failure. But there's just one snag: the vast majority of people who don't like her are viscerally opposed to independence and would never even consider voting Alba. In the bubble we exist in, it's easy to lose sight of that crucial fact, because the hardcore of the independence movement contains many people who have turned against her. But broader pro-independence opinion in Scotland is not reflective of that.
Here are Nicola Sturgeon's personal ratings among people who voted Yes in 2014. The numbers are taken from the most recent Ipsos UK 'Scottish Political Monitor', conducted by telephone in June.
Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Nicola Sturgeon is doing her job as First Minister of Scotland? (Yes voters from 2014 only)
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UPDATE: On a second inspection of the Ipsos UK data tables, I realised I'd somehow overlooked the personal ratings for Nicola Sturgeon among current Yes voters, which in line with the suspicion I outlined above, show that she's even more popular among that section of the electorate.
Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Nicola Sturgeon is doing her job as First Minister of Scotland? (Current Yes supporters only)