New poll shows referendum gap closing as No support slips


  By Martin Kelly
A new poll on Scottish independence has found support amongst those opposed has dropped below fifty per cent.
The findings of an opinion poll in the Sunday Express have suggested that the gap is narrowing between the Yes and No campaigns with undecided voters poised to determine the outcome.

The Angus Reid poll shows that support for a Yes vote remains steady at 34% whilst support for the Union has fallen by 3% to 47% since the company’s last survey.  Those yet to decide stood at 17% whilst 2% said they would not vote.

In addition, the poll also found that nearly a third of Labour voters back independence, along with nearly a quarter of Lib Dem supporters.  On the basis of the Angus Reid poll the Yes campaign need a swing of 6.5% to secure victory.

The poll also found that, on the issue of the referendum, people in Scotland trust First Minister Alex Salmond more than anti-independence campaign leader Alistair Darling.  Mr Salmond was backed by 34% of the respondents against 27% who opted for the former Chancellor.

The results were welcomed by the SNP with the party’s Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP describing them as “encouraging”.

The SNP MSP claimed the poll was proof that “damaging and ridiculous scare stories” from the No campaign were not working and that they were damaging their own support.

Mr Mackay added: “With senior Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw having recently described the anti-independence campaign’s scare stories as ‘silly’, it is clear to see that Project Fear is simply not working.

“People want to hear the positive vision for Scotland that we on the Yes side are setting out, not to be talked down to by those opposed to Scotland making our own decisions.

“With the powers of an independent Scotland we can build the kind of fairer, more prosperous country that we all want to live in.

“That is what a Yes vote in next year’s referendum will allow us to do and it is why we are confident that support for Scotland making our own decisions will grow further in the weeks and months ahead.”