Pro-Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence side gain­ing ground: poll

The Financial Daily - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON: Sup­port for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ap­pears to be gain­ing ground three weeks ahead of the his­toric ref­er­en­dum, ac­cord­ing to a poll pub­lished on Fri­day.

The Sur­va­tion sur­vey found 47 per­cent of re­spon­dents would vote "Yes" to in­de­pen­dence, com­pared to 53 per­cent who would vote "No", ex­clud­ing peo­ple who were un­de­cided. This was a con­sid­er­able nar­row­ing of the gap be­tween the two sides in a Sur­va­tion poll three weeks ear­lier, in which 43 per­cent said they would vote "Yes", ver­sus 57 per­cent who would vote to re­main in the union.

The poll was com­mis­sioned by the Scot­tish Daily Mail news­pa­per to as­sess re­ac­tion to the fi­nal pub­lic de­bate be­tween the lead­ers of the pro and anti- in­de­pen­dence cam­paigns. "Yes" cam­paign leader and Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond was widely seen to have won the de­bate against "No" cam­paign leader Alis­tair Dar­ling. The sur­vey was of 1,001 peo­ple of vot­ing age, and found 11 per­cent of re­spon­dents said they re­mained un­de­cided, a drop of 2 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous poll. When un­de­cided re­spon­dents were in­cluded, the "Yes" side had 42 per­cent sup­port, a rise of four points from the pre­vi­ous poll, com­pared to 48 per­cent for the "No" side, a three point fall.-AFP

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