Growing number of Scots oppose Sturgeon's Indyref2 timetable

A majority of people in Scotland oppose Nicola Sturgeon’s timetable for a divisive second independence referendum, a new opinion poll has revealed.

The Survation poll found that 54% are against another contest within the next two years, up two points since September.


At the same time, more people are also in favour of remaining part of the UK – with 59% (+2) saying they would vote to remain, and only 41% (-2) in favour of leaving.

Ahead of the SNP’s annual conference this weekend, the poll also revealed how the SNP’s priorities are at odds with the people of Scotland.


Only 12% chose independence when asked to select up to three of the most important issues that the Scottish Government should prioritise.


But 60% said the NHS, followed by Covid recovery (39%), economy and jobs (38%), and the climate emergency (24%).

The Survation poll was carried out for Scotland in Union, conducted online among residents aged 16+ living in Scotland between November 18 and 22, with a sample size of 1,045.


Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:


“Ahead of the SNP conference, this poll confirms that Nicola Sturgeon’s priorities are not the priorities of the people of Scotland.


“A majority do not support her timetable for a divisive second referendum, and growing numbers of voters favour remaining part of the UK.


“She should drop plans for another referendum and focus on what really matters – the NHS, Covid recovery, jobs, and the climate emergency – rather than obsess about her negative campaign to divide Scotland’s communities.


“Scotland has a positive future as part of the UK, where we bring people together, look outwards to our friends and neighbours, and leave no community behind.”