End of the UK? Highest EVER recorded support for Scottish independence in new poll | UK | News (Reports)


An Ipsos Mori poll found among those who would be likely to vote in an independence referendum, 58 percent say they would vote Yes if they were asked to vote in an independence referendum tomorrow. This is compared to 42 percent would indicated they would vote No. 

The poll also found almost two thirds (64 percent) of Scots say Boris Johnson’s Government should allow another independence referendum to be held within the next five years if the SNP wins a majority of seats in the upcoming Holyrood elections – while a third (34 percent) said he should not allow this.

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Emily Gray, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland, said the results made “grim reading for unionists”. 

She said: “Our latest poll will put a spring in the step of nationalists but makes grim reading for unionists.

“The Scottish public have shifted even further towards supporting an independent Scotland, with record numbers now saying they would vote Yes.

“Of course we are still a long way out from next May’s Holyrood elections, but SNP support currently looks very strong, buoyed by Nicola Sturgeon’s high satisfaction ratings among Scottish voters.

“Our poll suggests that there will be significant public pressure for the UK Government to transfer powers to the Scottish Parliament to hold a second independence referendum if the SNP win a majority at next year’s Holyrood elections.”

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Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was handed another boost when she recieved extremely positive popularity ratings.

The poll found 72 percent of the Scottish public say they are satisfied with the job she’s doing as First Minister, while 24 percent are dissatisfied – giving her a ‘net’ satisfaction rating of 49 percent. 

This was compared with negative ‘net’ satisfaction ratings for the Conservatives’ Douglas Ross (-17 percent), Labour’s Richard Leonard (-25 percent), and the Liberal Democrats’ Willie Rennie (-1 percent).

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While, three quarters (76 percent) of Scots are dissatisfied with the way Mr Johnson is doing his job as Prime Minister, the lowest ratings Ipsos MORI has ever recorded for him in Scotland.

This was compared to just 19 percent who said they are satisfied with him while 5 percent said they don’t know.

The poll questioned 1,045 adults aged 16 and over across Scotland between October 2 and 9. 



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