Nicola Sturgeon’s popularity among Scots has plummeted, new polling shows.
The survey by Savanta put the former Scottish First Minister’s net favourability rating at minus seven.
Pollsters from the company said it is the first time she has been in negative territory and the first time she has not been Scotland’s most popular politician.
Her net popularity rating is down from 28 points in December 2020.
The latest polling of 1,018 Scottish adults was carried out last weekend when Ms Sturgeon was arrested as part of the police investigation into the SNP’s finances. She was subsequently released without charge pending further investigation.
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Her successor Humza Yousaf’s net favourability rating stands at minus 10, up two points since March.
In the Westminster voting intention poll, the SNP is down one point since the last polling on 38, with Labour second on 34.
On the question of Scottish independence, some 51 percent are against and 49 percent are for.
Chris Hopkins, political research director at Savanta, said: “How the mighty have fallen. When Savanta first started polling for The Scotsman, Nicola Sturgeon’s net favourability rating was 28.
“Fast forward two and a half years, and it’s fallen to minus 7, the first time it’s been below zero, and the first time that she hasn’t been the most popular politician in Scotland.
“Although she’s no longer leader, one would expect these numbers to have an impact on the SNP’s polling, but it hasn’t.
“Perhaps, then, the damage has already been done; although this poll sees little change from the last one, Yousaf was leader by that point, and Sturgeon theoretically out of the picture, but by that point the SNP were polling lower than they ever had in Savanta polls.”
On independence, Mr Hopkins added: “It always seemed that Sturgeon was so integral to her party and the cause, but Scotland is now so fiercely entrenched by Yes versus No, it goes far beyond one leader, and even one party.
“The independence question remains finely balanced, too close to call were a referendum tomorrow, and therefore there’s still a job to be done for those in the pro-independence camp, with or without Sturgeon as an asset.”