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Sturgeon skewered: Scots should NOT get an independence referendum – poll

Nicola Sturgeon has been hammering home the need for a Scottish referendum vote since Brexit, when the UK decided to leave the European Union against the will of most Scottish voters. But in the Mail on Sunday, Michael Gove wrote that it is not the right “moment” for a Scottish independence referendum, and that there won’t be one until “there is clearly a settled will in favour of a referendum” amongst the Great British public.

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This statement will have been sure to rile up members of the SNP, as Mr Gove is suggesting that as long as the English, Welsh and Northern Irish make up a majority of whom do not support a Scottish referendum, then one will not be held – no matter how loud the Scottish scream.

A majority of 82.7 percent of voters said there should not be a Scottish referendum, in a poll of 9,050 people held between 5.30pm August 1 and 12pm August 3.

A smaller but significant portion, 16.8 percent of voters, said that there should be a referendum, and just 50 people (0.5 percent) were not sure.

Data gathered by Yougov in April this year, suggested that 46 percent of the UK’s non-Scottish public oppose the idea of a Scottish referendum, while 29 percent said they think there should be one, and 25 percent of people did not have an opinion on the matter.

People from the South of England outside London, as well as people from the North, and Wales all opposed a Scottish referendum equally, with 49% of each locations’ respondents saying there should not be one.

Labour supporters are more likely to be in support of a Scottish referendum, with approximately 37 percent of respondents saying there should be one and 31 percent saying there should not, while 33 percent of Labour voters were not sure.

Most Labour supporters also say that the Government should look to increase the powers the Scottish parliament has.

Conservatives strongly oppose the idea of Scottish independence, with approximately 62 percent of voters saying there should not be a referendum, 25 percent saying there should be, and 14 percent saying they did not know.

People over the age of 65 are most likely to oppose Scottish independence, with 65 percent of voters saying it’s a bad idea, compared to just 22 percent of 18-24-year-old voters.


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