In the first significant test of public opinion using the Scottish Government’s proposed referendum question, four in ten Scots agree that Scotland should be an independent country, as revealed in our new poll for The Times and The Sun.
Mark Diffley, Research Director at Ipsos MORI said:
‘The constitutional future of Scotland has been at the top of the political agenda across the UK in recent weeks with politicians from both sides of the debate putting forward their arguments to voters. Our poll shows that outright support for independence has not shifted significantly as a result of these early skirmishes although it does reveal that opposition to change has reduced with more voters now weighing up the issues before deciding which side to back. The poll also suggests that the Scottish Government’s proposed referendum question has not yet had a significant effect on public attitudes.’
- Results are based on a survey of 1,005 respondents conducted by telephone between 27th January and 29th January 2012.
- Data are weighted by age, sex and working status using census data, and tenure using SHS 2007-2008 data, and by public-private sector employment by Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Series data.
- An asterisk (*) indicates a percentage of less than 0.5% but greater than 0.
- Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to multiple responses or computer rounding.
- Where the base size is less than 30 the number (N) rather than the percentage of respondents is given.
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