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More than a third of SNP voters are against separation

4 Jul 2012

A poll has revealed that more than a third of SNP supporters want Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom.

The figures are at odds with Alex Salmond’s assertion that up to half of Scots support his bid to break up Britain.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:

“It’s striking that more than a third of SNP voters don’t even believe in Alex Salmond’s dream of breaking up the United Kingdom.

“These poll results are a damning verdict on his failure to provide hard facts on what separation would mean for millions of Scots.

“Scotland is facing its biggest decision in 300 years, yet the electorate do not even know what currency or welfare and pension system we would have under independence.

“This is not surprising, since all we have had from the First Minister so far is bluster and assertion, and it is clear the more the public consider this issue, the more they come to the conclusion that the UK should remain with Scotland at its heart.

“It’s no wonder Alex Salmond is desperate to get a second question on the referendum ballot paper when his own supporters are now having cold feet about separation.

“However, let there be no doubt, this is a vote between separation and devolution and the people of Scotland should be offered a single question that is fair, legal and decisive.”

 

Notes to Editors

The poll for Reform Scotland was carried out by Ipsos MORI, which surveyed more than 1,000 people between June 7 and 14, 2012

It found the following results:

Scotland should remain part of the UK with the same devolved powers it has at present – six per cent of SNP supporters agreed.

Scotland should remain part of the UK with the increased powers outlined in the Devo Plus proposal – 28 per cent of SNP supporters agreed.