New research into referendum support

New research by Scotland in Union has shown support for another referendum is falling.

Our exclusive poll has revealed:

  • Education and the NHS should be the priorities for the next Scottish Government while only 10 per cent think a referendum on Scottish independence is a priority

  • Nearly half of Scots (47 per cent) think we would have been worse if we had voted Yes while just 23 per cent think we would be better off

  • Just 36 per cent supported a referendum over the term of the next parliament with 46 per cent against

  • 46 per cent thought it would be bad for business against a quarter who think it would be positive

For the full tables, please click here:

Scotland in Union is calling for all of Scotland’s party leaders to rule out a referendum in the next Scottish Parliament.

 Alastair Cameron, Director of Scotland in Union, said:

“It’s becoming increasing clear that Scotland wants to move on from the constitutional question which has dominated Scottish politics for the last few years.

“The majority of Scots do not support another referendum in the next Scottish Parliament and we are calling on all of the political leaders to categorically rule this out. The current Scottish Government has hinted that it will leave the option open with certain triggers and we believe this uncertainty would be bad for Scotland.

“Our poll shows that most Scots believe the threat of another referendum is bad for business and bad for the Scottish economy. To give business and our economy certainty, the prospect off a referendum over the term should be taken off the table entirely.

“Instead, we should be focussing on areas like the economy and the NHS, which the people of Scotland see as the priorities for the next Scottish Government.

“It is also interesting that so many Scots now believe we would have been worse off economically under a Yes vote – it’s clear the fall in oil prices has undermined the already shaky economic case for breaking up the UK.

“Many Scots will be looking ahead to March 24th – which would have been the day Scotland would have become an independent country – and breathing a sigh of relief that we chose to stay in the UK.” 


 All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,001 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 9th - 12th February 2016.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).





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