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A poll to darken Salmond’s day

31 January 2012

12:25 PM

31 January 2012

12:25 PM

It looks like Fraser was right to question Vision Critical’s recent Scottish independence poll. That poll surveyed just 180 Scots and found 51 per cent saying they would vote ‘Yes’ to Alex
Salmond’s referendum question – ‘Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?’ – and just 39 per cent saying ‘No’. Today, Ipsos
MORI has released a somewhat more reliable poll, sampling 1,005 Scots. It
finds 50 per cent saying they’d vote ‘No’ and just 37 saying ‘Yes’.

So, it looks like even if the referendum asks Salmond’s leading question, the Nationalists are likely to be defeated. And while the SNP may try to claim that 37 per cent is still a good
starting point and they’ve got plenty of room to grow, today’s poll suggests otherwise. Just 18 per cent of those who oppose independence say they might change their mind, compared to
31 per cent of those who support it. This suggests that a decent unionist campaign would actually have a better chance of growing their lead than the ‘Yes’ campaign would have of
catching up.


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