Monday 21 August 2017

Scots don't want another independence vote: Kantar poll

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Photo: PA
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Photo: PA

Elisabeth O'Leary

Most Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom and support for secession itself appears to have weakened, according to a Kantar survey.

Scots voted by a wide margin to stick with the European Union in last June's referendum, clashing with the UK as a whole which voted to leave.

Scotland's devolved government, run by the Scottish National Party (SNP), says this means the country should be given a new chance to decide whether it wants to split from the UK. The central government in London opposes this.

The Brexit issue does not appear to have given wings to the independence movement, according to Kantar's survey of 1,060 adults carried out after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a referendum to be held in autumn 2018 or spring 2019.

Of those interviewed, only 26 percent thought an independence vote should be held on either of those dates, while 18 percent thought it should take place later. But 46 percent thought there should be no referendum at all.

The issue is center-stage in Scotland ahead of a UK-wide election on June 8.

Independence supporters gather in George Square Glasgow, after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she will ask for permission to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Independence supporters gather in George Square Glasgow, after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she will ask for permission to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Kantar found that of those who said they would be certain to vote in any independence referendum, 55 percent would vote against it, while 37 percent would vote in favor and another 8 percent were undecided.

In a 2014 referendum, Scots voted against independence by 55-45 percent.

Other recent opinion surveys in Scotland have suggested pro- and anti-independence sentiment remained at similar levels to the 2014 referendum result.

Independence would shatter more than 300 years of economic and political ties between England and Scotland.

Reuters

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