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Nicola Sturgeon has been handed a huge boost in a poll which asked Scots about whether Scotland should be an independent country. The poll asked: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
The Panelbase poll showed 51 percent of those questioned said they support independence, while 42 percent said they would vote to stay in the UK and 7 percent of voters were undecided.
When undecided voters were excluded, 55 percent favoured Scotland leaving the UK, with 45 percent preferring to stay in the union.
It is a one percent increase after a Panelbase poll earlier this year put support at 54 percent.
The Scottish First Minister was quick to celebrate the poll, adding it was “the momentum is very clearly with us”.
She wrote: “Two polls on Scottish independence out today. This one very encouraging.
The First Minister added: “And this one – slightly more up to date – is even more encouraging.
“Lots of work to do, fellow Yes supporters, to persuade even more people – but the momentum is very clearly with us.”
Pro-independence organisation Business for Scotland commissioned the poll for Panelbase, with chief executive Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp hailing the results as a “huge landmark” showing the “writing is very definitely on the wall for the Union”.
He added: “The reversal of the 2014 result is a huge landmark – 55 percent Yes will send shockwaves throughout the political world.
“There is no conclusion to draw from this new set of data other than the writing is very definitely on the wall for the Union.”
He added: “The referendum that will be demanded following May 2021 Holyrood elections, on these figures, would start with Yes to independence commanding a 10 percent lead.
“Independence is now significantly the majority decision of the people of Scotland and its momentum looks solid.”
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Keith Brown MSP, deputy leader of the SNP, told Express.co.uk the poll shows the confidence of the Scottish electorate in the SNP.
Reacting to the poll, he added: “Here is yet another poll which shows support for independence soaring across Scotland – Boris Johnson’s attempts to deny the right of the people to decide their own future is now utterly unsustainable.
“With consecutive polls putting support for independence above 50 percent, it’s clear this is not a trend but the established position of the Scottish electorate.
“When we look at Boris Johnson’s handling of coronavirus, and his Tory government’s contempt for all things Scotland, it is no wonder that the majority of voters in Scotland want to make their own decisions on the future of our country.
“More and more people in Scotland want the future of their country to be in their own hands, and not in the hands of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings.”
Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, also backed the views, and told Express.co.uk: “I’m delighted to see yet another poll show that ever more people in Scotland believe that it is time to choose independence.”
The latest PanelBase poll contacted 1,011 Scots between the 12th and 18th August.
Campaigning for Scottish independence is currently on hold due to COVID-19.
The other poll that the Scottish First Minister referred too was conducted by Savanta ComRes, and saw 54 percent back independence to 46 percent, when 1,008 Scottish adults aged over 16 were asked between 6-13 August.
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