Saturday 14 December 2019

Referendum: New poll shows rising Scottish support for staying in UK

A loyalist marches past a Union flag during a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh, Scotland.REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A loyalist marches past a Union flag during a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh, Scotland.REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Men wear Union flag suits as they watch a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh, Scotland. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
An Orangemen march through the streets of Edinburgh during a "Proud to be British" rally in Edinburgh in support of the Union. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
'No Vote' supporters listen to Jim Murphy MP, former Secretary of State for Scotland, as he speaks from a soapbox in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour in Glasgow. Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Spectators watch an Orangemen march through the streets of Edinburgh during a "Proud to be British" rally in Edinburgh in support of the Union. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
An Orangemen march through the streets of Edinburgh during a "Proud to be British" rally in Edinburgh in support of the Union, less than a week before Scotland votes on the Scottish Referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. Senior figures in the Orange Order have described Scottish nationalism as "a divisive and evil enemy". See PA story REFERENDUM Orange. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish support for independence has declined, a poll for Survation showed on Saturday, widening the lead for the pro-union campaign just 5 days before Scotland votes on whether to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom.

A Survation poll on behalf of the pro-union Better Together campaign found support for staying in the United Kingdom was at 54pc, while 46pc were planning to vote for independence on Sept. 18, once undecideds were excluded.

The poll comes as a boost to the anti-independence campaign after the latest "poll of polls" on Friday showed the vote remained on a knife-edge, with just 51pc support for staying in the UK.

Survation's last poll on Wednesday showed unionists on 53pc and separatists on 45pc. The poll released on Saturday showed 9pc of Scots were still undecided.

Scotland votes this Thursday on whether to end a 307-year-old union with England and break away from the United Kingdom.

While polls had consistently shown strong leads for the "No" campaign to reject independence, a recent surge in support for "Yes" has prompted some investors to sell the pound and the shares of Scottish companies over concerns about the economic ramifications of a split.

The Survation poll found that 40pc of respondents believed they and their families would be worse off financially in an independent Scotland, with just 27pc saying they thought they would be better off.

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