NICOLA Sturgeon is the most popular politician in Scotland by far, according to the latest polling from Redfield and Wilton Strategies.

The firm found the First Minister’s approval rating (+14) remains high, though has slipped a little since the start of the year.

Meanwhile Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak scraped through net-positive favourability ratings on +5 and +3 respectively.

Despite the positive approval rating it’s not all good news for Sarwar. According to recent Opinium polling on Scots’ voting intentions, Scottish Labour’s support level has declined across the board under Sarwar’s leadership. Just 18% (-4) of people would back them on the constituency vote and 16% would vote for them on the regional list at a Holyrood election.

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Meanwhile, their Westminster vote share was down three points, with just 17% planning to back the party.

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer is suffering in Scotland too. Just 19% of people approved of his performance in the role, compared to 38% of those who disapproved.

The three least popular politicians were Boris Johnson, on a -38 approval rating, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on -43, and Alba leader Alex Salmond on -57.

The study, commissioned by Politico, also found support for the Union to be slightly higher than support for Scottish independence.

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The pollsters also found support for the timing of a future independence referendum was split. Sturgeon has pledged to hold one by 2023, Covid permitting.

According to the poll, 41% of Scots back holding a vote within five years, while 42% do not.

The poll was carried out among 1000 Scottish voters on September 18, the seven-year anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum.