Survation research for the Scotland In Union campaign group found 29 per cent favoured another national vote on splitting the UK before the end of 2023
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Fewer than a THIRD of Scots back Sturgeon’s plan to hold separatist referendum next year despite SNP’s local election domination – as majority say they want to stay in the UK

  • Nicola Sturgeon has been pushing for fresh independence vote as early as 2023
  • Polls found under a third of Scots are in favour of the timetable backed by SNP
  • Majority still seem to be in favour of staying in UK despite SNP’s dominance 

Less than a third of Scots back Nicola Sturgeon’s push for a fresh independence referendum by the end of next year despite her local elections dominance.

Two polls indicated widespread opposition to the SNP’s timetable, even though the party ruled the roost again in council contests last week.

There also appears to be a continuing majority against leaving the UK, after public feeling reverted from a shift during the pandemic.  

Survation research for the Scotland In Union campaign group found 29 per cent favoured another national vote on splitting the UK before the end of 2023.

In contrast, 60 per cent said they were opposed and 11 per cent were undecided.

A separate Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times put support for another independence referendum within 12 months at just 24 per cent – although that figure has risen five points since November.

Survation research for the Scotland In Union campaign group found 29 per cent favoured another national vote on splitting the UK before the end of 2023

Survation research for the Scotland In Union campaign group found 29 per cent favoured another national vote on splitting the UK before the end of 2023

The Panelbase research found backing for independence was 49 per cent excluding don’t knows.

The Survation poll suggested the support was considerably lower at just 42 per cent.

However, the question asked in the latter survey was ‘should Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom?’.

That is different from the Yes-No proposition used in the ‘once in a generation’ 2014 contest, instead mirroring the wording used in the Brexit referendum.

Pamela Nash, the chief executive of Scotland In Union, said: ‘Whatever SNP politicians claim about the council election results, it is clear that the people of Scotland do not support their timetable for a divisive second referendum next year.

‘Voters want the Government to prioritise what really matters to them, not the SNP’s obsession with constitutional division.

‘And once again, this poll has confirmed that a significant majority of people in Scotland want to remain part of the UK.

‘Scotland’s best days are ahead of us as part of the UK, ensuring we can bring communities together and use the strength of our shared economy to invest more in the NHS, schools and local services.’

A spokesman for the SNP said Scots ‘delivered a cast-iron democratic mandate for an independence referendum’ in last year’s Holyrood elections..

‘Just this week, support for the SNP was reinforced by our best ever local election result,’ the spokesman said.

‘Consistent polls have shown strong support for independence, and in many cases a majority.

‘Attempts to block the democratic mandate delivered to the SNP are unsustainable and undemocratic.

‘Scotland’s future will not be dictated to by Boris Johnson and the scandal-ridden Tories whom Scotland have consistently rejected, but rather by the people who live and work here.’

There appears to be a continuing Scots majority against Nicola Sturgeon's (pictured in Dundee yesterday) push to leave the UK, after public feeling reverted from a shift during the pandemic.

There appears to be a continuing Scots majority against Nicola Sturgeon’s (pictured in Dundee yesterday) push to leave the UK, after public feeling reverted from a shift during the pandemic.

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