SCOTS would much rather see Nicola Sturgeon representing them than Boris Johnson at the upcoming UN climate conference being held in Glasgow, a poll has found.

Opinium surveyed more than 1000 Scots on their voting intentions and attitudes towards a number of politicians between September 2 and 8.

Not only did the polling firm find the SNP have increased their support at Holyrood and Westminster by three and four points respectively to 51%, they uncovered another example of Scots rejected Johnson’s Tory government.

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More than half (55%) said Scotland’s First Minister would do a better job at representing the country at the COP26 summit in November, but just 16% felt Johnson was suited to the job.

Overall just 34% felt confident that the Tory leader will put forward the UK’s interests at COP26, as opposed to 56% who said he wouldn’t. A whopping 66% believe he will not put Scotland’s interests forward during the global event.

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On wider attitudes to the climate crisis, Opinium found 40% feel the major conference will make a difference but 43% feel it will not.

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Elsewhere the study was the first to put support for independence ahead of support for the Union since the end of April. Backing for Yes was at 51%, with the issue still on a knife-edge among the public.

There was increased support for holding a referendum within the next two years, going from 27% of people backing that idea in May to 31% now.

Opinium found support across Scotland for the new Green-SNP co-operation deal,  with 44% of voters believing it is “good news” for the country as opposed to 33% who disagreed.

Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay said: “It’s clear that the public see Scottish Greens in government as a positive step for the country. That’s because our cooperation deal reflects their priorities for a green recovery from the pandemic that tackles the climate emergency head on and leaves no-one behind.

“It’s also encouraging to see another poll in favour of independence, in a week when the UK Government has announced a new regressive tax, abandoned refugees and taken climate commitments out of its grubby post-Brexit trade deals.”