SNP voters do not want English to visit Scotland, reveals YouGov poll

Four in ten Scots believe that English tourists should not currently be allowed to travel into Scotland, a YouGov poll has found.

The poll - which asked 1,134 Scots their view on tourists entering from other countries without needing to quarantine - reported 47 per cent of Scots who were questioned support English tourists being able to enter the country without a period of isolation.

The research also revealed significant discrepancy along political lines when Scots were asked whether they support or oppose allowing tourists into the country.

More than half (54 per cent) of SNP voters surveyed said they do not want English tourists to be able cross the border, compared to 37 per cent of Scottish Labour voters and 19 per cent of those who voted for the Scottish Conservatives at the 2019 election.

An indyref march takes place in Glasgow earlier this year. Picture: John Devlin


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Just over a third (34 per cent) of SNP voters support the current system of allowing English tourists in without requiring them to quarantine as opposed to 49 per cent of Labour voters and 65 per cent of Tory voters.

Independence-supporting Yes voters from 2014 oppose letting in English tourists by 52 per cent to 36 per cent while No voters support allowing English tourists into Scotland by 55 per cent to 30 per cent.

The poll was carried out a week after Scottish independence campaigners staged a protest at the Border calling for people from England to be banned from entering or to impose a mandatory quarantine period.

Scots are less likely to object to visitors from other parts of the UK, with 29 per cent opposed to people coming from Wales and 28 per cent of respondents wanting to block tourists from Northern Ireland. In contrast, 56 per cent support allowing unrestricted access to Scotland from the two countries.


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Support for tourists from the Republic of Ireland also outweighs opposition, by 53 per cent to 31 per cent.

Visitors from further afield are less welcome, the survey suggests, with more opposition than support for allowing unrestricted travel for Danish, Swedish, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and American tourists.

Just 10 per cent support allowing American tourists into Scotland without having to quarantine, contrasted with 81 per cent against the idea.

Welsh people are slightly more willing than Scots to accept travellers from the rest of the British Isles, with 37% wanting English tourists to stay away compared to 50% who would welcome them.


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The 1,021 Welsh respondents also favour Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish tourists being able to visit without quarantine measures by 58 per cent to 28 per cent, 53 per cent to 30 per cent and 50 per cent to 32 per cent respectively.

Opinions also differ by political persuasion in Wales, with 54 per cent of Plaid Cymru voters opposed to English travellers compared with 44 per cent of Labour voters and 24 per cent of Tory voters.

A total of 37 per cent of Plaid Cymru voters from 2019 support allowing unquarantined travel into Wales, 44 per cent of Labour supporters and 65 per cent of people who voted Conservative.


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