Scottish independence: Yes support at 6-month high

The latest opinion poll shows a boost in Yes support. Picture: Hemedia
The latest opinion poll shows a boost in Yes support. Picture: Hemedia
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SUPPORT for Scottish independence has reached its highest level for more than six months, according to a new opinion poll.

When asked how they would vote if the referendum was held today, 39.3 per cent of those surveyed said Yes, compared to 47.6 per cent who said No.

The remaining 13.1 per cent of those who were questioned were undecided according to the poll, by Survation for The Daily Record and Dundee University.

It is the highest support for independence since August last year, when a poll by Panelbase found 44 per cent of people backed Scotland leaving the UK.

Survation questioned 1,002 people aged 16 and over between March 6 and March 7, and also looked at how Scots could vote in the next Holyrood election.

That put the SNP ahead of Labour, with 44.6 per cent of people saying they would vote for Alex Salmond’s party in the constituency section of the ballot and 34 per cent planning on supporting Johann Lamont’s party.

Meanwhile the Tories had the backing of 13 per cent of those questioned, with 5 per cent saying they would be voting for the Liberal Democrats and 3.3 per cent planning on voting for other parties.

Michael Marra, director of the Five Million Questions project, told the Daily Record that it would be an “astonishing achievement” if the Yes campaign won the referendum.

He said: “The hill for the Yes campaign to climb remains considerable. Everyone who is currently undecided has to make the leap to independence.”

Mr Marra added: “Winning from here for Alex Salmond would be an astonishing achievement.”


YouGov poll shows union support at 53 per cent