Scotland: New poll gives independence campaigners 1% lead ahead of next year’s referendum
Nicola Sturgeon by Wattie Cheung
Support for Scottish independence has edged ahead among those most likely or certain to vote in next year’s referendum, according to a poll.
Support for Yes is at 44 per cent compared with 43 per cent for No, and 13 per cent who do not know, among 908 Scottish adults who are most likely or certain to vote, the Panelbase survey commissioned by the SNP suggests.
Overall, the survey of 1,043 people, including those less likely and certain not to vote, shows 41 per cent backing Yes, 42 per cent for No and 17 per cent who do not know.
The poll was conducted between August 23 and August 28.
The results contrast starkly with a YouGov survey published at the weekend, which suggests support for No is at 59 per cent and support for Yes is at 29 per cent, based on the voting intentions of 1,171 adults in Scotland.
The YouGov results suggests one in 10 people are still undecided about how they will vote and that 2 per cent would not be voting at all.
Commenting on the Panelbase findings, SNP deputy leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is game on for next September’s referendum. With just over a year to go, this poll indicates that the positive case for Yes is capturing people’s imagination, while the No campaign’s Project Fear is running out of steam.
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