Independence support surges in latest poll

Support for independence continues to increase according to the latest polling as figures released by Ipsos Mori in today’s Times and Sun show support for independence soaring by 16 points over the last year.

The end of year poll shows support for independence at 38%, up 3% on the last poll in August and up 16 points on a Mori poll 12 months ago.

And backing for more powers is at a high of 68% with the public supporting far more powers for the Scottish Parliament than are on offer in the Scotland Bill.

The poll of 1001 Scottish adults between the 1st and 4th December put support for independence at 38% with opposition to independence falling by 3 points to 57%.

Welcoming the poll Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond said:

“This is an extremely positive poll, showing that support for independence has increased by 16 points in the past year.

“The people of Scotland are light years ahead of the Westminster parties and the inadequate provisions of the Scotland Bill – they want real economic and financial powers for the Scottish Parliament, so that we can strengthen recovery and boost employment.

“The SNP Government have always said that we are willing to have a ‘devo-max’ option in the referendum, and the question for Labour and the Lib Dems is whether they wish it to be included.

“The only alternative for Labour and the Lib Dems is joining with the Tories in rejecting any additional powers for Scotland in the referendum – a disastrous position in Scottish politics.

“The SNP received an overwhelming mandate from the people of Scotland in May to hold a referendum in the second half of this parliament, and that is exactly what we will do.”

The Ipsos Mori poll of 1001 Scottish adults between the 1st -4th of December asked
As you may know, the Scottish Government plans to hold a referendum on Scotland's constitutional future during the next Scottish Parliament. The referendum is likely to contain two separate questions.

The first question will ask whether you agree or disagree with a proposal to extend the powers of the Scottish Parliament to include more laws and duties and all tax-raising powers, while Scotland remains part of the UK. If the referendum was held tomorrow, would you vote to agree or disagree with this proposal?

Agree 68% (+1 August)
Disagree 28%
DK4%

The second question will ask whether you agree or disagree with a proposal to extend the powers of the Scottish Parliament to enable Scotland to become an independent country, separate from the UK.
If the referendum was held tomorrow, would you vote to agree or disagree with this proposal?

Independence 38% (+3%)
Against 57% (-3%)
DK 5%

IPSOS-MORI November 2010
Thinking about Scotland's constitutional future, which of the following statements most closely matches your views on this issue?

Scotland should remain part of the UK with increased powers 44%
Scotland should remain part of the UK with the same devolved powers it has at present 32%
Scotland should become a fully independent country, separate from the rest of the UK 22%
Some other view 1%
Don't Know 1%
Fieldwork dates : 18th to 21st November 2010 / Sample size - 1,001