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More than half of Scots sup­port a split

- BY LAURA PATER­SON UK News · Politics · Elections · Scotland · United Kingdom · Arbeidersparty · Richard Leonard · Scottish Labour Party

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.

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