Polls show "positivity winning over negativity"

Following the findings of a Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland – which puts support for independence at 47 per cent and support for the SNP is at a high of 50 per cent – the SNP has welcomed a further survey in the Herald today (Monday) that puts independence within reach. 

The Herald’s TNS-BMRB poll – although having an earlier sampling start than the Panelbase poll, and using a different question to the one proposed by the Scottish Government for the referendum – indicated support of 35%: just 9 points behind those who disagreed (44%).

Meanwhile, the Panelbase poll puts SNP support at 50 per cent in the constituency vote for the Scottish Parliament, compared to 29 per cent for Labour, and 14 per cent for the Tories. Compared to last year’s election, SNP support is up 5 points, and Labour are down 3 points.  SNP seats at Holyrood would increase from 69 to 71, while the Lib Dems would slump from 5 to 3. Scottish National Party Westminster leader and Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP said: 

“All the polls, as the campaign and debate over Scotland’s constitutional future gets underway, are extremely encouraging and show that positivity is winning over negativity.

“The Panelbase poll is fantastic for the SNP, for independence, and for Scotland.  It confirms other recent surveys which also show that support for independence and the SNP is on a rising curve.

“The TNS poll is also hugely encouraging and shows support for independence within single digit reach, two-and-a-half years out from the referendum. 

“After just the first few weeks of the referendum debate, it is abundantly clear that the positive approach towards Scotland’s future is winning over the negative approach from the anti-independence parties – with support for independence now neck-and-neck with opposition in two polls already this year. 

“With independence, Scotland would be the sixth-wealthiest country in the developed world in terms of GDP per head.  We pay more into the UK exchequer than we get back in return.  In the five years to 2009/10, Scotland was in a stronger financial position than the UK as a whole to the tune of £7.2 billion.”