The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
More than half of Scots support a split
More than half of Scots now back independence, according to a new poll which found 54% in support.
Think tank Business for Scotland commissioned the Panelbase survey, which questioned 1,070 Scots aged over 16 and found 54% back Scotland leaving the UK, while 46% oppose it.
Undecided respondents were removed from the figures and accounted for 7% of those surveyed.
When they are included in the statistics, support for independence is at 50% to 43%.
“Future polls will paint a clearer picture”
The change comes a fortnight after the Scottish Labour leadership reaffirmed the party’s opposition to indyref2.
Independence-backing Scottish Labour voters are now at 37%, up from 35% in a previous Panelbase survey last month.
A total of 13% of those who voted Labour in December’s general election are unsure of how they would vote on independence, according to the figures.
This means half of Labour voters in Scotland back remaining in the UK.
Business in Scotland chairman Rob Aberdein told the Sunday National newspaper: “Future polls will paint a clearer picture, but this may suggest that (Richard Leonard’s) fundamentalist stance against a second referendum is driving voters away from the party and into the arms of the Yes movement.”
He said given recent events, he is not surprised at the rise in support for independence.