NEW POLL: A majority of voters in Scotland oppose Nicola Sturgeon’s timetable for a second independence referendum, a major new opinion poll has revealed.
The Survation poll found that only 38% of voters believe there should be another referendum within two years.
The findings come after the First Minister said her ambition was to hold a second contest before the end of 2023, devoting taxpayer-funded civil service resources to her project.
But the poll for pro-UK campaign group Scotland in Union has also revealed that 57% of people in Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in a referendum – with only 43% in favour of leaving the UK.
Among those who voted SNP in the 2021 Holyrood election, 20% would vote to remain part of the UK, and 24% do not believe there should be a referendum on independence within the next two years.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“This poll confirms that Nicola Sturgeon is out of touch with the people of Scotland.
“A majority of voters oppose her plans for a divisive second referendum within the next two years, and she should listen to what people are telling her.
“The poll also confirms that most people in Scotland want to remain part of the UK, despite the SNP’s relentless campaign to divide us.
“Just a day before the SNP conference, this poll is a timely reminder to Nicola Sturgeon to focus on what really matters to people – the Covid recovery, protecting our NHS, creating jobs, and tackling the climate emergency.
“As part of the UK we can pool and share resources to build a recovery for every community in every nation; rather than impose austerity on the poorest communities under the SNP’s blueprint for separation.”
Poll conducted by Survation for Scotland in Union
Fieldwork: 31st August – 1st September 2021
Sample size: 1,040