Independence: Yes vote ‘closing the gap’

The new poll gives Alex Salmond plenty to smile about. Pic: Getty

The new poll gives Alex Salmond plenty to smile about. Pic: Getty

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THE campaign for Scottish independence is gaining ground with five months to go until the referendum, according to new polls.

The gap between the two sides has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure a “yes” vote on September 18.

An ICM poll out today shows support for independence is at 39 per cent, while opposition has fallen four points to 42 per cent.

Excluding people who have not yet made up their minds, the results put “yes” on 48 per cent and “no” on 52 per cent.

It is the highest level of support for independence since last August, leading the Yes Scotland campaign group to claim it is “confident” of securing the necessary two-point swing.

Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: “The extreme negativity of the ‘no’ campaign is proving a major turn-off for voters, and month by month they are paying the price.”

Blair McDougall, director of Better Together, said his group will also launch an advertising campaign this week.

“Whilst it is welcome that there is a majority in favour of keeping the UK together, these polls are a reminder that there can be no complacency from those who believe that the brightest future for Scotland is to remain in the UK,” he said.

“With the launch of our advertising campaign tomorrow and a big grassroots campaign push we will be fighting hard for every single vote between now and polling day. Everybody who wants to keep Scotland in the UK needs to play their part.”