Sturgeon’s independence dream crumbles – new poll shows record support for remaining in UK

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The Survation poll revealed 57 percent of Scots would vote to remain in the Union if a second Scottish independence referendum was held tomorrow. This is compared to 43 percent who said they would vote to leave. 

When don’t know’s were taken into account, 49 percent would vote to remain in the Union and 37 percent said Scotland should leave the UK. 

Alongside this, the poll commissioned by Scotland in Union revealed that most Scots think recovery from COVID-19 was the most important issue facing the country today.

In contrast, only 8 per cent said independence is one of the top three issues facing Scotland.

When asked to choose up to three of the most important issues currently facing Scotland, 53 percent selected COVID-19 recovery, 48 percent said NHS and social care and 46 percent economy and jobs. 

The findings come on the day that the SNP decided to prioritise independence for an opposition day debate in Westminster.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “The SNP should stop prioritising division ahead of the issues that really matter to people.

“The SNP should focus on what really matters to people – Covid recovery, NHS and social care, and jobs.

“Instead it has chosen to use parliamentary time to debate separation, which shows how out of touch the nationalists are.”


“The SNP’s negative vision to divide Scotland is being rejected and the people of Scotland want politicians to bring our country together and build a successful future for everyone.”

The poll is the latest poll as the Nationalists prepare to unveil their draft referendum bill tomorrow. 

A draft referendum Bill was promised in the legislative programme First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out last year and will set out the “terms of a future referendum clearly and unambiguously to the people of Scotland.”

Last month, the SNP also released an 11-point “roadmap” to an independence referendum – setting out that a ballot could take place if May’s Holyrood elections result in a pro-independence majority, even if Westminster refuses to grant a Section 30 order.

Survation conducted the poll for Scotland in Union between March 9 and 12, with 1,011 respondents aged 16 or over living in Scotland.


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