NEW POLL: SURGE FOR INDY SUP­PORT

Sunday Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW WHI­TAKER PO­LIT­I­CAL EDITOR

SUP­PORT for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence has surged over the sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to a new opin­ion poll. Back­ing is now 46 per cent in favour, up three cent per cent from June.

The lat­est Sur­va­tion poll also brings wel­come news for Labour, pre­dict­ing the party would become Scot­land’s sec­ond­largest party again in­stead of the Tories.

How­ever, the poll also in­di­cates sup­port for the SNP had slumped, with the pro-in­de­pen­dence ma­jor­ity at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment pre­dicted to dis­ap­pear at the next elec­tion in 2021.

Sup­port for Ni­cola Stur­geon’s party has dropped by 4.5 per cent on the con­stituency vote and 11 per cent on

the re­gional list vote since last year. The fig­ures in­di­cate that the SNP is set to lose nine seats. With the Greens set to win eight, this means that the cur­rent pro-in­de­pen­dence ma­jor­ity would be lost.

Sup­port for Scot­tish Labour in­creased by two per cent in the con­stituency vote and six per cent in the re­gional vote. If cor­rect, Labour would win 30 seats, over­tak­ing the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives.

The SNP would re­main the largest party with 54 seats, but even with the sup­port of the Greens would lose its pro-in­de­pen­dence ma­jor­ity at Holy­rood, fall­ing short by three seats.

The poll of 1,016 Scots was car­ried out af­ter the First Min­is­ter pub­lished the Pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment at the start of this month. Last night, an SNP spokesper­son said the over­all find­ings of the poll were pos­i­tive for both the party and the in­de­pen­dence move­ment.

The spokesper­son said: “This poll shows sup­port for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence re­mains con­sis­tently high, with in­creased sup­port on the last Sur­va­tion poll, and par­tic­u­larly strong sup­port among women and younger peo­ple.

“Al­though we are far from an­other elec­tion, it is also hugely wel­come to see that the SNP is record­ing dou­ble-digit poll leads af­ter 10 years in Gov­ern­ment, while the Tories have fallen into third place.”

Thou­sands of Yes sup­port­ers marched in Glas­gow

yes­ter­day to mark the indy ref­er­en­dum an­niver­sary of Septem­ber 18, 2014

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