Ms Sturgeon was first elected as Scotland’s First Minister with the SNP on a pro-independence ticket in 2014.
And she was swiftly catapulted into the spotlight, pictured with huge groups of supporters and taking selfies with fans as her popularity continued to grow.
Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon have gone head to head in the polls
But just three years later, it seems that very same popularity has taken a drastic slump – with less than one third of people polled rating her performance as ‘good’.
The Lord Ashcroft poll, which quizzed 10,000 people, asked respondents on a scale of zero to one hundred how they rate the performance of a list of politicians – where zero means terrible and 100 means excellent.
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Tory party, was ranked at fifth
Nicola Sturgeon ranked at just seventh in the UK-wide poll
British Prime Minister Theresa May was the only one who received a rating of higher than 50 per cent – securing 53.9.
While Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, followed closely behind on 46.1 per cent.
However Nicola Sturgeon found herself a lot further down the list at 32.4 per cent – ranked seventh on the list of domestic and international politicians.
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Ms Sturgeon and Ms Davidson have clashed repeatedly after the First Minister announced her intentions to call a second Scottish referendum
She was even drastically below her Scottish rival Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Tory party, who ranked at fifth with a rating of 38.1 per cent.
However both managed to secure a rating above British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and UKIP’s Paul Nuttall.
Ms Sturgeon and Ms Davidson have clashed repeatedly after the First Minister announced her intentions to call a second Scottish referendum in the wake of the Brexit vote – as Scotland voted overall to remain in the European Union (EU).
The Lord Ashcroft poll surveyed 10,000 people across Britain
But Ms Davidson has slapped down the SNP leader, claiming the politician was acting against the will of the Scottish people in inflicting a referendum she claimed nobody wants.
During a fiery referendum debate in the Scottish Parliament last month, Ms Davidson sensationally told her rival to “sit down”.
The nationalist leader was left red faced after continuously trying to interrupt, when the Tory leader retorted: “Sit down… I think I’ve answered the First Minister’s question, I will not take another intervention.”
Sturgeon and Davidson have clashed repeatedly in recent months
However Scotland seems to have ranked the politicians slightly differently.
The Lord Ashcroft poll found 53 per cent of Scots scored the First Minister's performance more than 50 out of 100. And 42 per cent rated her below 50, giving her an overall +11 per cent net approval rating.
However 26 per cent of respondents rated the SNP boss between zero and ten.
Ms Davidson was rated below 50 out of 100 by 54 per cent of Scots and above by 33 per cent, securing a net approval rating of -21 per cent.