Sturgeon told to ‘drop independence obsession’ in 2019
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The SNP leader has taken almost every opportunity presented to her to tout the benefits of Scotland going off on its own, including at the COP26 conference, held in Glasgow, where world leaders were focused on discussing the need to tackle climate change. But polling suggests this activism is not paying off, with the majority of Scots stating again and again they would prefer Scotland remaining in the UK.
The latest poll, conducted by Panelbase for the Sunday Times, saw 47 percent of respondents return “No” to the question: ‘How would you vote in a Scottish independence referendum if held now? (asked after the EU referendum).’
Forty five percent of respondents said ‘Yes’, while just eight percent indicated they ‘don’t know’.
Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics at University of Kent and regular poll commentator, noted this is the seventh consecutive win for the ‘No’ side.
Sharing the results on Twitter, he wrote: “Scots break again AGAINST independence.
“Pro-independence has not had a lead outside the margin of error since April.”
He added: “[The] polls are turning against Sturgeon.”
In total, 1,781 Scots aged 18 and over were involved in this latest polling.
The last poll to produce a result in the SNP’s favour, conducted by Opinium between September 3-8, saw ‘Yes’ leading by just one percentage point.
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Since then, a consistent trend appears to have been set, with every new poll showing ‘No’ leading by between two and six percentage points.
This comes after Rhys ab Owen, a member of the Welsh Senedd from the pro-independence party Plaid Cymru, told Express.co.uk Ms Sturgeon has a “big job” on her hands to achieve Scottish independence.
The SNP won the latest Scottish Parliament Election in May, though failed to gain a majority.
Ms Sturgeon announced in September her party will “restart” work on a plan for a second independence referendum.
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She said progress had been delayed by the Covid pandemic but that a referendum will still be delivered before the end of 2023.
In the 2014 independence referendum, close to 45 percent of Scots voted for their country to leave the UK.
They were beaten by the 55.3 percent of voters who decided they wanted to stay in.
Respondents to the latest Panelbase poll were slightly more favourable of Ms Sturgeon than her vision of independence.
Asked whether she should remain as Scottish First Minister for the duration of the current parliamentary term, 52 percent of respondents said ‘Yes’ while 34 percent said ‘No’.
Fourteen percent replied ‘Don’t know’.
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