Encouraging poll on independence

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Commenting on the outcome of the latest TNS/BRNB (formerly
System 3) poll conducted for the Herald newspaper, SNP Depute leader and Deputy
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“This is the strongest level of support for independence since the spring, which
is enormously encouraging.

“Compared to the last poll which asked this identical question – published less
than two weeks ago - increased support for independence and a decrease in
opposition has resulted in the gap being halved from 28 points then to just 15
points now. In addition, most of this polling took place before the highly
successful launch of the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Scotland’s
future last week.

“When this question was first asked in August 2007, there was a majority opposed
to independence, but this is no longer the case, and we are entirely confident
that we can bridge the remaining gap in a successful independence referendum campaign.

“The SNP Government has the confidence to test independence in a free and fair
referendum. In contrast, the London-based parties are running scared of the
people having their say on Scotland's
future - an illiberal and anti-democratic stance for which they will pay a
heavy electoral price.

“Scotland needs
the powers of a normal independent nation so that we have the economic and
fiscal levers needed to deliver strong and sustainable growth for our economy -
and prevent either a Labour or Tory Westminster government slashing Scotland’s
budget."