A week after the Supreme Court said the Scottish Parliament could not legislate for a referendum without Westminster’s consent, a new poll suggests substantial support for Scottish independence.
If a referendum were held tomorrow, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, 5 percent of the Scottish respondents would indicate they had no opinion and 49% would vote yes.
The percentage of respondents who would vote in favour of independence was greater than it was in a survey conducted on the same day last year, when 44% said they would vote yes and 47% said they would vote no.
The SNP said the poll showed a majority for yes in every age group under 65, with a majority of 52 per cent supporting independence when excluding don’t knows.
The poll also found that if a second referendum were to be held in Scotland in the next six months, 43% of respondents expect the yes side would win, while 39% said no would win and 18% said they don’t know.
SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown MSP said: “This poll shows growing support for what the people of Scotland expressed in the 2021 election, they want a choice to become an independent nation.
“The chaos at Westminster in recent months has tanked the UK economy, accelerated inflation and crippled household budgets with soaring mortgages, all from successive Tory governments that Scotland didn’t elect.
“Last week’s ruling showed clearly that the UK is not a voluntary union.
“In a democracy, it is right for the people to have their say and neither the Tories or Labour should be able to deny that.
“The message to Westminster parties now is clear, Scottish democracy cannot be denied.”