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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Record 58% of Scots back Independence

A new Ipsos Mori poll has indicated support for Scottish independence is at a record high, with 58% of people in Scotland backing it in a new poll.

Even including undecided participants, 55% would vote for independence.

This comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s Survation poll findings that, if convinced of the economic argument, the next referendum could see a whopping 75% of people voting Yes.

Emily Gray, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland, said:

“Our latest poll will put a spring in the step of nationalists and makes grim reading for unionists.

“The Scottish public have shifted even further towards supporting an independent Scotland, with record numbers now saying they would vote Yes.”

The SNP continues to have a strong lead for May’s elections, with 58% of people saying they intend to back them in the constituency vote and 47% in the Regional List vote.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown MSP said the UK Government would have no right to prevent another referendum if a pro-independence majority is returned next year:

“Quite simply, in those circumstances, the Tories would lack any moral or democratic authority whatsoever to try and block the will of the people, and it would not stand.

“Already, Westminster’s wall of opposition to a referendum has started to crumble, with private acknowledgement that a result like this in next year’s election would have to lead to a referendum, and this poll will only solidify that growing view.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“The consistently positive polls are truly heartening and make it increasingly difficult for unionists to deny that Scotland has an appetite for independence – and a steadily growing one at that.

“However; it starts with a referendum and it will take more than polling intentions to put Boris Johnson in a position where he cannot ignore that Scotland wants its say.

“Next year’s Scottish Parliament elections will be more historic than ever and, as such, it is crucial that we win as many seats as possible with over 50% of the vote in each.

“Having won more than half of all votes cast in the last two Holyrood elections and with the record, experience, name recognition and trust amongst constituents acquired through hard work over the past 13 years, I believe I am the candidate who will win the SNP the most votes come May.

“There is a reason that Abraham Lincoln said: ‘it’s best not to swap horses while crossing a stream.’

“I have never failed to increase my majority and don’t plan to start now.”



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