Scots have become disaffected with Nicola Sturgeon recently, as the UK-wide cost of living crisis bites.
The crisis has left Britons with spiraling energy costs, higher food prices and little help from elected representatives.
The issue has become a central theme of the elections across the UK, with many people voting for the candidate who they believe can soften the blow.
Polling shows the issue could pull focus from independence, as fewer and fewer Scottish voters hold a positive view of their First Minister’s work.
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A Deltapoll commissioned by Scottish Labor shows growing dissatisfaction among residents.
The poll of 1,001 found that a minority – only 21 percent – thought she was doing “very well” or “quite well”.
The majority – 44 percent – felt she was performing “quite” or “very” badly.
Of the remaining respondents, 29 percent said she was doing “neither well nor badly”, followed by six percent who weren’t sure.
The news could spell disaster for the SNP during the May 5 ballot, with most parties pinpointing the cost of living as the most pertinent issue voters facing.
Ultimately, failure to make ground in Scotland could interrupt Ms Sturgeon’s plan to hold a referendum in 2023.
Her perceived mishandling of the crisis has allowed parties that focus on it, but don’t have plans for independence, to gain ground.
A Panelbase poll recently found that Scottish Labor has managed to leapfrog the Conservatives.
Ms Sturgeon has argued that her party being the largest in Holyrood shows that residents support independence.
But if polling holds and she loses ground, that assumption will come under attack.
And the drive for independence is diminishing, other polling shows, after support reached 58 percent during the pandemic.
YouGov, Survation and ComRes have found that 53 percent of Scots would vote “no” during a referendum, giving the yes vote the disadvantage on 47 percent.