The 37-year-old will change into the youngest to win the job as one of many nation’s strongest politicians when SNP and Scottish Inexperienced parliamentarians in Holyrood again him to take over from Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday.
After he wins the vote he can be sworn in as first minister of Scotland on the Courtroom of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday, after which on Thursday he’ll face rival get together leaders in his opening First Minister’s Questions.
However as Mr Yousaf takes the job an Ipsos ballot of 1,023 adults north of the border discovered half thought Scotland was heading within the fallacious path.
Only a quarter informed the pollsters between March 17 and 21 that the nation was on target, and throughout all coverage areas requested about – from the NHS to managing the economic system – extra felt the Scottish Authorities had executed a foul job than good.
Rachel Ormston, analysis director at Ipsos in Scotland, mentioned the findings underlined “Humza Yousaf’s very full in-tray”.
“He takes workplace at some extent when the Scottish public is feeling fairly gloomy in regards to the path of their nation, and damaging in regards to the Scottish Authorities efficiency throughout a spread of key areas,” she mentioned.
“Addressing these challenges and turning round public perceptions, notably on the NHS and value of dwelling, will little question function strongly on his first to-do listing.”
On the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday it won’t simply be Mr Yousaf who places his title within the ring to take over from Ms Sturgeon after her greater than eight-year rule.
Douglas Ross of the Scottish Conservatives, Anas Sarwar of Scottish Labour and Alex Cole-Hamilton of the Scottish Liberal Democrats are anticipated to place their names ahead.
They are going to be requested to talk by Alison Johnstone – the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, who’s the equal of the Speaker within the Home of Commons – with a separate vote for every, however as they lack the numbers they’re set to fail.
Mr Yousaf is ready to succeed as a result of he has the backing of the Scottish Greens.
After the 2021 Holyrood election, they and the SNP drew up the Bute Home Settlement – a powersharing deal which gave Mr Yousaf’s get together the bulk it must cross laws and noticed the Greens enter authorities.
The Scottish Greens have renewed their backing for the deal after Mr Yousaf was named get together chief on Monday and, later within the night, co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvey met him at St Andrew’s Home.
Mr Yousaf mentioned they “reaffirmed our help” for the settlement which might “preserve our pro-independence majority” on the Parliament and “ship for the individuals of Scotland”.
The SNP chief, who has been the Scottish Well being Secretary since 2021, recorded a slender victory over Kate Forbes as soon as second choice votes have been taken into consideration after Ash Regan was eradicated from the competition following the primary spherical of voting.
He did not win a majority within the first spherical however received 52.1% after second choice votes from Ms Regan have been redistributed.
Ms Forbes got here second with 47.9% of votes when second preferences have been included.
Mr Yousaf described himself because the “luckiest man on the planet” in a victory speech at Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield stadium on Monday, and pledged to “dedicate each waking second” to serving the individuals of Scotland.
After his win the Scottish Conservatives mentioned they’d “critical considerations about his capacity” whereas Scottish Labour mentioned an election was wanted now.