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by Jenni Davidson
04 February 2020
Third poll finds increased support for independence

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Third poll finds increased support for independence

A third opinion poll has found increased support for independence in the week that the UK left the EU.

A Panelbase poll for Scot Goes Pop, a pro-independence blog, taken between 28 and 31 January puts Yes in the lead on 52 per cent, with No on 48 per cent.

This is an increase of five percentage points for independence and a drop of five percentage points in support for the union since the last Panelbase poll on 6 December.

This poll follows two others in the week before Britain left the EU, with YouGov also putting Yes in the lead and Survation finding Yes and No neck and neck on 50 per cent each when undecided voters are removed.

Regarding Scottish Parliament voting intentions, the poll puts the SNP well ahead with 50 per cent of the constituency vote and 47 per cent of the regional list vote, an increase of eight points and seven points respectively.

The Conservatives vote is unchanged since the last poll, with 26 per cent of the constituency votes and 25 per cent of the list votes.

Labour has dropped to 14 per cent in both the constituency and the list, while the polls predicts seven per cent for the Lib Dems in both votes and the Greens picking up three per cent of the vote in the constituency vote and seven per cent in the list vote.

Commenting on the poll, SNP depute leader Keith Brown said: “This is yet another poll, which shows support for independence continues to grow across Scotland and momentum for a fresh referendum is now unstoppable.

“Scotland has been dragged out of the EU against our will by a Tory government with no mandate here – a government which says ‘it doesn’t matter one jot’ what the Parliament the people of Scotland elect decides.

“The Tories are running scared of democracy but their opposition to a referendum is completely unsustainable.

“The more Boris Johnson seeks to deny people in Scotland the right to determine our future, the more support for independence will continue to grow.”

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “This is the second poll in the space of a week that shows majority support for independence.

“It’s clear that in the face of a Boris Johnson government determined to impose the hardest possible Brexit, more and more people are concluding that Scotland’s future must be as an independent European country.”

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