Referendum: voters only need £500 to vote Yes

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VOTERS will back independence if they can be convinced a Yes vote will mean they are financially better off, a new poll has suggested.

The ICM/Scotsman poll showed that 47 per cent of voters said they would support independence in the referendum next September if they were assured it would make them £500 a year better off. Only 37 per cent said they would oppose independence in those circumstances, with 16 per cent saying they still would not be sure which way they would vote.

There's a year to go before Scotland goes to the polls. Pic: Jane Barlow

There's a year to go before Scotland goes to the polls. Pic: Jane Barlow

The poll is being seen a boost for the pro-independence campaigners, but the survey also revealed there was a long road ahead, as less than a third of voters currently believing independence would be good for the economy. Nearly half of those polled said they thought it would be bad for growth.

The poll also showed that currently voters would not opt for independence, and most were in favour of a middle option in which Holyrood became responsible for welfare and tax but stayed in the UK.