Poll finds Olympic boost for Scottish independence

One in eight Scots say they are more likely to support Scottish independence as a result of Britain’s Olympic successes, a poll has found.

12% of respondents to the Panelbase survey – published in today’s Sunday Times – said that the success of Britain’s Olympians has made them more in favour of independence, compared to just 8% who said it made them less likely.

The poll also found that the gap between support for independence and support for the union is now separated by only nine points – requiring a swing of just 4.5%.

Commenting, SNP MP Pete Wishart said:

“This is clear evidence that the puerile efforts of the anti-independence parties to politicise the Games have backfired.

"I’ve been delighted to support Scotland's Olympians and Team GB during the London Games, and will be delighted to support Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and at the Olympics following a Yes vote in 2014."

"With the gap between support for an independent Scotland and the Union now down to a swing of just 4.5 per cent, we are very confident indeed of achieving a Yes vote for independence in autumn 2014."

For details, see page 11 of today's Sunday Times

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