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The chief of the SNP who declared he was the “most popular political leader in Scotland” has been given a humiliating actuality test.

John Swinney – who just lately changed Humza Yousaf as chief of the get together – is now the third hottest politician in Scotland in keeping with a brand new ballot.

This throws his boasts from the beginning of the General Election marketing campaign onto the scrap heap.

Deputy First Minister, Kate Forbes has overtaken him for recognition amongst Scots says the brand new ballot Ipsos for STV.

During one in all his early rallies, the SNP chief stated: “I’m the most well-liked political chief in Scotland, that may be a large benefit for the SNP.

“We’re going to use it, we’re going to work hard in constituencies and around the country to make sure I’m visible, leading the campaign from the front as the most popular leader in Scotland, dwarfing the people who question me in Parliament on a weekly basis.”

His net approval rating is -2, with even the relatively unknown Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar ahead of him on -1. His Deputy First Minister is also further ahead with a positive rating of +7.

It wasn’t good news for the Conservatives with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak being the most unpopular on -64.

Meanwhile Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer managed -12 and Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross on -29 – but the survey was carried out before he announced he was quitting as Scottish Tory leader to focus on winning a seat in the House of Commons.

The new polling was bleak for the SNP as they dropped three points to fall to 36 percent while Labour jumped four points to be neck-and-neck, reports the Scottish Daily Express. The Tories were down just one point in a distant third place with just 13 percent of the vote.

The Scottish Lib Dems also fell by one to 5 percent, with Nigel Farage’s Reform on 4 percent, the Scottish Greens on 3 percent, and Alex Salmond’s pro-independence party Alba on 1 percent.

The NHS was ranked as the number one issue for voters at the General Election with a third of Scots ranking it highest, with the economy second and independence third.

Emily Gray, managing director of Ipsos in Scotland, said: “This election campaign in Scotland is about the persuadable, with 42 percent of likely voters saying they may change their mind by polling day.

Although it currently looks a very close race between the SNP and Labour, there are signs that Labour may be in a stronger position than the SNP to win further voters over during the campaign.”