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Opinion poll indicates significant surge in support for Scottish independence

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Nine consecutive opinion surveys have indicated a steadily intensifying support for Scottish independence

The latest opinion survey on Scottish independence has indicated the highest level of support for independence to date.

A new poll from Ipsos MORI for STV indicates that 58 percent of the Scottish people would vote YES in another independence referendum, popularly known as Indyref2.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos MORI between October 2 and October 9 and it is based on a sample of 1,045 Scottish residents who were contacted and interviewed by telephone.

Overall – and including undecided elements – 55 percent  of Scottish people would vote Yes if there was an independence referendum tomorrow, 39 percent would vote No and 6 percent said they didn’t know.

There are two striking features about this new poll.

First and foremost, no previous poll has indicated such a resoundingly high support for the cause of Scottish independence.

Second, this is the ninth consecutive opinion poll that places the YES vote in front of the NO campaign.

The most recent poll before the latest was conducted by Savanta ComRes over the weekend and it placed support for independence at 53 percent.

More broadly, the Ipsos MORI/STV survey strongly suggests the Scottish National Party (SNP) is heading for a Scottish parliamentary election majority in next year’s Holyrood election, with 58 percent of likely voters planning to support the party.

Furthermore, according to the poll, a staggering 72 percent of respondents say they are satisfied with the performance of Scotland’s First Minister (and SNP leader), Nicola Sturgeon.


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