Scottish Independence: Poll puts Yes vote ahead

Nicola Sturgeon says it is game on for next year's vote. Picture: Jane Barlow
Nicola Sturgeon says it is game on for next year's vote. Picture: Jane Barlow
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AN opinion poll today showed more people planning to vote for independence than against - the first survey to do so since the question for next year’s referendum was revealed.

The Panelbase survey, commissioned by the SNP, gave the Yes campaign a one per cent lead with 44 per cent saying they would back independence and 43 per cent saying they would vote No.

The last poll to show a Yes lead was a TNS poll in August 2011, which showed Yes at 39 per cent and No at 38 per cent, with Don’t Know at 23 per cent.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said as the referendum came closer, voters were beginning to make up their minds.

She said: “It is game on for next September’s referendum. With just over a year to go, this poll indicates that the positive case for Yes is capturing people’s imagination, while the No campaign’s ‘Project Fear’ is running out of steam.

“Polls will move up and down between now and next September as the debate over Scotland’s future gathers pace, but these very encouraging figures show that Yes can win and I believe will win. Certainly, the No campaign can no longer take the people of Scotland for granted.”